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Louisiana's unemployment rate dips as employer payrolls grow

2 years 1 week 16 hours ago Tuesday, July 21 2015 Jul 21, 2015 July 21, 2015 12:51 PM July 21, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jeff Amy

Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped in June as people left the labor force, even as employer payrolls showed strength.

The state's jobless fell to 6.4 percent after three months at 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate remained above June 2014's 6.2 percent rate.

The labor force fell by more than 4,000, while the number of people with jobs stayed flat.

A separate survey shows payrolls rose by 5,000 in June. After a swoon early in the year, payroll growth has resumed in Louisiana, with employers reporting 13,000 more jobs than in June 2014.

Both sets of figures - adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes - were released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The report found 141,000 Louisianans unemployed in June. That's down 4,000 from May, but nearly 9,000 above June 2013.

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