BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 26 increased from the previous week's total.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,238 from the previous week's total of 1,951. There were 2,541 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,188 from the previous week's average of 2,125.

Continued unemployment weeks claimed for the week ending April 26 decreased to 18,921 compared to 18,996 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 19,095 from the previous week's average of 19,264.

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