Weekly La. jobless claims decrease

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 21 decreased to 2,494 initial claims compared to 2,663 a week earlier.

The state’s labor department said initial claims were below the Sept. 22, 2012, comparable week’s figure of 3,294.

The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased slightly to 2,445 from the previous week’s average of 2,448.

Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Sept. 21 decreased to 23,869 from the previous week’s total of 24,057. The four-week moving average of such claims decreased to 24,313 from the previous week’s average of 24,832.