First-time claims for jobless benefits dropped slightly in Louisiana last week.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,219 initial claims for the week ending Dec. 31. That's down from the previous week's total of 3,270. For the comparable week ending Jan. 1, 2011, the state recorded 3,512 first-time claims.
The four-week moving average of initial claims fell last week to 3,640 from the previous week's average of 4,032.
Last week, those still looking for work filed for an additional 43,247 weeks of benefits _ up slightly from the previous week's 43,080.
For the comparable week a year ago, the unemployed filed for an additional 50,407 weeks of benefits.