La. gains more than 26,000 non-farm jobs in 2010
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana labor officials say the state added 26,300 non-farm jobs in 2010.
Figures from the state Workforce Commission show, though, that Louisiana still had 42,200 fewer jobs last month than in December 2008 - three months after the national economic meltdown began.
Louisiana lost 900 jobs last month and, on a seasonally adjusted basis, posted an 8 percent unemployment rate. That's down from 8.2 percent in November.
The national unemployment rate for December was 9.4 percent.
The New Orleans region led last year with a gain of 3,500 jobs, followed by Shreveport-Bossier City, Lafayette and Lake Charles.
Baton Rouge fell by an overall 300 jobs, while Monroe was the biggest loser with 900 jobs.