Initial claims for state unemployment rose 10,000 to 455,000 in the Sept. 13 employment survey week, as Louisiana cited claims resulting from Hurricane Gustav, the Labor Department reported yesterday.

For the week ended Sept. 13, the seasonal adjustment factor had expected an increase of 10.3% or 34,600 in unadjusted claims, but they actually rose 12.9% or 43,436 to 380,170, a Labor analyst said. There were 261,971 claims in the comparable week a year earlier.

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