La. unemployment rises in January as payrolls dip
Baton Rouge- Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 5.9 percent in January, and the state was the only one to register a significant loss on a separate survey of payrolls.
Newly released numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Louisiana unemployment rose from 5.6 percent in December, but remained below the 7 percent level of December 2012.
Louisiana payrolls fell by 12,500 jobs in January from an all-time high of 1.95 million in December. Payrolls remained 18,000 jobs above the 1.91 million level of January 2012.
The number of unemployed Louisianans rose to 124,000 from 117,000 in December.
The number of people who said they had a job fell by fewer than 3,000, but more were looking, with Louisiana's labor force rising to 2.09 million, the highest level since November 2005.
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