Jobs added but unemployment rate edges up in La.
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate edged up in May to 6.8 percent from 6.4 percent in April, even as the state added 6,100 private sector jobs over the month - and 28,000 over the year.
Figures released Friday by state and federal labor officials showed non-farm employment in Louisiana for May totaling more than 1.95 million jobs.
The unemployment rate for May was unchanged from a year ago. It rose from April, despite the added jobs, because the total civilian labor force - those with jobs or seeking them - grew to almost 2.1 million. That's 7,594 more than in April, and 15,000 more than May 2012.
The number listed as unemployed in May was 143,335, an increase of 2,226 over the year and 8,455 over the month.
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