Apr 22, 2014 09:28 Weekly jobless claims rise in La. Weekly jobless claims rise in La. The Associated Press April 22, 2014 Comments First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 5 increased to 2,101 from the previous week’s 1,985. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday there were 2,444 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,112 from the previous week’s average of 2,051. Continued unemployment weeks claimed for the week ending April 5 decreased to 19,330 compared to 19,599 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 19,633 from the previous week’s average of 19,874.