Weekly jobless claims rise in La.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 23 increased to 2,918 from the previous week’s total of 2,426.

The state labor department figures released Friday show initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 2,664.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,825 from the previous week’s total of 2,821.

Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Feb. 23 decreased to 28,501, compared to the previous week’s total of 29,100. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 29,626 from the previous week’s average of 30,433.