La. payrolls grow as jobless levels stay flat
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market continued to chug along in April, as the unemployment rate remained low and employers kept adding to payrolls.
The jobless rate was steady for the third month at 4.5 percent, the 10th lowest rate among the states. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in April 2013.
A separate survey shows employers added 5,000 workers to payrolls in April, quickening growth. Payrolls were almost 15,000 above April 2013 levels.
Both sets of figures - adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes - were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.
The number of unemployed Louisianans rose slightly in April to 95,000 from 93,400 in March. The increase came because the labor force grew faster than people found jobs, although more people said they were employed in April.