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Initial unemployment claims increase for the week ending Feb. 7


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 7 increased to 2,939 from the previous week's total of 2,676.

For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,392 initial claims, officials said Friday.

The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, decreased to 2,783, from the previous week's average of 2,949.

Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Feb. 7 decreased to 21,325 compared to 21,755 the previous week.

The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 21,781 from the previous week's average of 21,987.

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