News roundup: Initial weekly unemployment claims rise in La. … US weekly rig count plunges 98 to 1,358; La. gains one … US rigs are being idled, but the oil boom is not ending

    Help wanted: The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 7 increased to 2,939 from the previous week's total of 2,676. For the co…


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