BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 13, increased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,620 from the previous week's total of 2.444. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 3,606.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,196 from the previous week's total of 2,013.

Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending April 13 decreased to 22,761, compared to the previous week's total of 23,218. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 23,460 from the previous week's average of 24,270.

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