La. unemployment rate improves even as payrolls fall
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate continued to fall in March, even as employer payrolls fell.
The state's jobless rate fell to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in February. That's well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in March 2014.
Unemployment has declined over the past three months as what had been a rapid increase in job seekers has eased, while the number reporting jobs has begun to catch up.
A separate survey shows payrolls fell by 3,000 in March, although employers report 14,000 more jobs than in March 2014.
Both sets of figures - adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes - were released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department.
The report found 145,000 Louisianans unemployed in March. That's down almost 3,000 from February but almost 30,000 above March 2014.