Weekly La. jobless claims increase Weekly La. jobless claims increase The Associated Press July 05, 2013 Comments First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana increased last week to 3,026 from the previous week’s total of 2,915. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,633 initial claims, the state’s labor department reported Friday. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 3,251 from the previous week’s total of 3,341. Continued unemployment claims for the week ending June 22 increased to 24,553 compared to 24,447 the previous week. The four-week moving average for claims increased to 23,819 from the previous week’s average of 23,193.