The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,976 from the previous week's total of 2,985. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,306.

Lawmakers are getting out of a dispute between New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and NFL players about workers compensation claims.

Fifty-four year old Steve Fouke was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Haik to pay nearly $6.4 million in restitution.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,343 from the previous week's total of 2,209. There were 2,738 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,273 from the previous week's total of 2,238. There were 2,466 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.

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