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  • Survey: US businesses add jobs at slowest pace in 3 years

    May 4, 2016 9:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could weigh on hiring. Payroll processor ADP says that businesses added 156,000 jobs in April, down from 194,000 in March. Manufacturers shed... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 29, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,684 from the previous week's total of 2,791. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • US applications for jobless aid fall to four-decade low

    April 21, 2016 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell to a four-decade low last week, a sign that employers are unconcerned about weak economic growth in the first three months of 2016. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 247,000, the lowest... more »
  • Louisiana jobless rate rises to 6.1 percent, payrolls flat

    April 15, 2016 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose in March, as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. The jobless rate rose to 6.1 percent, up from 5.9 percent in February, but below March 2015's rate of 6.6 percent. A separate survey shows payrolls were flat in March... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,497 from the previous week's total of 2,878. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Applications for jobless aid rise but stay at healthy level

    March 17, 2016 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remained at low levels consistent with a healthy job market. The Labor Department says the number of people seeking jobless aid rose by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 750 to... more »
  • Obama cheers economy as 'pretty darn great'

    March 4, 2016 1:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Republicans may be making "doomsday" claims about the economy, but he has another take: "America's pretty darn great right now." Obama delivered his glowing assessment of the economy on Friday as a new Labor Department report showed another strong month for job growth.... more »
  • Survey: US companies added 214,000 jobs in February

    March 2, 2016 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, led by gains in construction and business services, a private survey says. Payroll processor ADP said hiring by private companies was up from 205,000 in January. The better-than-expected gains provide more evidence that the U.S. job market remains strong... more »
  • Boom to bust: Crude oil costing families Play Video

    February 23, 2016 12:30 AM

    MORGAN CITY- Going to the gas pump isn't the pain it used to be. Many drivers are loving the cheaper prices, but dropping oil prices are placing a burden on residents in places like Morgan City that rely heavily on the oil and gas industry. Offshore workers are being laid... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    February 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 6 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims rose to 3,084 from the previous week's total of 3,083. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • President Barack Obama takes victory lap on economy

    February 5, 2016 1:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is using new jobs numbers to take a victory lap on the economy. Obama says the U.S. has "the strongest, most durable economy in the world." He pointed to wage and income growth, job growth, lower oil prices and increasing health insurance as evidence of... more »
  • Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

    January 30, 2016 2:53 PM

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month. The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy -... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 29, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,658 from the previous week's total of 3,485. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 16 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,485 from the previous week's total of 4,203. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 6-month high

    January 21, 2016 11:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since July, though applications remained at historically low levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 293,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased to... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    January 11, 2016 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 2 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims increased to 2,459 from the previous week's total of 2,398. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Data doesn't support Jindal food stamp claim

    January 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal claimed the threat of kicking people off food stamps spurred them into the job market, but data released Thursday shows that's not exactly accurate. In October the Jindal administration announced 61,000 able-bodied adults had 3 months to find work or lose food stamps.... more »
  • US applications for unemployment benefits jumped last week

    December 31, 2015 11:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - More Americans requested unemployment benefits last week, but the level remains near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market. The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid jumped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000. The less volatile 4-week average climbed 4,500 to 277,000. Despite the... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    December 18, 2015 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 12 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,443 from the previous week's total of 2,414. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • US adds healthy 211,000 jobs, making rate hike appear virtually certain

    December 4, 2015 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's even less doubt now that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. The government says November brought some more hiring, with employers adding 211,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained a low 5 percent for a second straight month. More Americans began looking for jobs... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    November 30, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 21 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims fell to 2,404 from the previous week's total of 3,196. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Louisiana payroll numbers shrink, flashing recession warning

    November 21, 2015 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's labor market slipped in October, as the unemployment rate rose and payroll employment fell. Payrolls fell 6,000 from September. Crucially, payrolls also dipped below last October's level, a warning that the state's economy may be shrinking. A separate survey shows the jobless rate rose to 6.2... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    November 6, 2015 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 31 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,439 from the previous week's total of 2,502. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate falls as more leave labor force

    October 20, 2015 12:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls holding level. The jobless rate stayed at 6 percent from August to September, remaining below September 2014's 6.9 percent rate. The number of people reporting having a job fell for the fourth straight month.... more »
  • US employers advertised fewer jobs in August

    October 16, 2015 10:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Labor Department says employers advertised fewer job openings in August and kept hiring flat. Job openings slid to 5.4 million in August from a record high 5.7 million in July. Hiring was little-changed at 5.1 million. The number of people quitting jobs - a measure of confidence... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    October 9, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 3 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,341 from the previous week's total of 2,342. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    September 18, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 12 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,015 from the previous week's total of 2,417. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    August 28, 2015 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 22 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,414 from the previous week's total of 2,544. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Head Start employees investigated for fraud Play Video

    August 19, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighty-one Head Start employees were paid $110,978 in unemployment benefits while employed, according to a city-parish internal audit. Officials say most the over payments were accidental, but some individuals are being investigated for fraud. The over-payments occurred during a three year period from 2012 to 2014.... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    August 7, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 1 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,479 from the previous week's total of 2,510. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    July 31, 2015 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 25 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,510 from the previous week's total of 2,694. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims hold steady

    July 10, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 4 remained the same from the previous week's total of 2,707. For the comparable week a year earlier, the state department of labor said Friday there were 2,301 claims. Construction had the largest decrease in... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    July 6, 2015 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 27 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,707 from the previous week's total of 2,731. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Louisiana jobless rate flat even as more find work in May

    June 19, 2015 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate stayed flat in May, even as more people found jobs. The state's jobless remained level at 6.6 percent for the third month. That's above the 5.9 percent the state recorded in May 2014. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job... more »
  • Number of US job openings jumped to a 15-year high in April

    June 9, 2015 11:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April than at any time in the 15 years that the government has tracked the data, a sign that this year's steady hiring will likely continue. The Labor Department says the number of open jobs at the end of April... more »
  • Unemployment rates fell in 23 US states in April

    May 27, 2015 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states in April as hiring rebounded nationwide from weak job gains the previous month. The Labor Department says that 11 states reported a higher unemployment rate than in March, while 16 states saw no change. Forty states gained jobs, and 9 states... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    May 15, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 9 increased to 2,838 from the previous week's total of 2,498. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,209 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,498 from the previous week's total of 2,737. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    April 6, 2015 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 28 decreased to 2,622 from the previous week's total of 2,723. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,985 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • US Fed cuts forecast for unemployment rate over long run

    March 18, 2015 1:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve forecasts that the U.S. unemployment rate can now fall further without spurring inflation, a sign that it may move slowly in raising interest rates. Fed officials reduced their estimate of the unemployment rate that they think is consistent with a healthy economy to a range... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate falls, but so do payrolls

    March 17, 2015 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market sputtered in January as the state recorded the third-highest unemployment rate among the states. The state's jobless rate fell to 7 percent from 7.2 percent in December. That's well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in January 2014. Unemployment increases have been driven... more »
  • Initial claims for unemployment fall

    February 20, 2015 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 14 decreased to 2,522 from the previous week's total of 2,939. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,993 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Americans applaud Obama's unemployment efforts

    February 8, 2015 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months. On the rise, too, are opinions about the direction of the country and the health of the economy. A slim majority now approves of the way Obama is... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise in La.

    February 6, 2015 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 31 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,676 from the previous week's total of 2,531. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    January 5, 2015 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 27 decreased to 1,566 from the previous week's total of 2,531. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,721 initial claims, officials said Monday. The shorter work-week due... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    December 29, 2014 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 20 increased to 2,531 from the previous week's total of 2,506. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,578 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop

    December 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 29 decreased to 1,698 from the previous week's total of 2,547, a drop attributed to a short work week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • US employers add 214K jobs, rate falls to 5.8 pct.

    November 7, 2014 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - Falling unemployment still isn't doing much to raise worker pay. The government says employers added 214,000 jobs last month, lowering the jobless rate to 5.8 percent. But the average hourly pay of workers rose only slightly, a glaring weak spot in an otherwise solid report. In... more »
  • US jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

    October 23, 2014 7:38 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam. The Labor Department says applications rose 17,000 last week to... more »
  • More have jobs in La., but jobless rate rises

    October 21, 2014 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising as new job seekers keep entering the market. The state's jobless rate rose to 6 percent, up for the fifth straight month. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 5.8... more »
  • US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low

    October 16, 2014 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting few workers and hiring could remain healthy. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000,... more »
  • Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 287K

    October 9, 2014 9:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low. The Labor Department says weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Oct. 4. That is the fourth straight week... more »
  • Applications for US unemployment rise to 293K

    September 25, 2014 7:40 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign hiring will remain healthy. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 12,000 to a seasonally... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises even as more have jobs

    September 19, 2014 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate jumped again in August, as job seekers flood into the labor force faster than they can find jobs. The state's jobless rate rose to 5.8 percent, up for the fourth straight month. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in July, but remains below... more »
  • Jobless rate rises in La., but so do payrolls

    August 18, 2014 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the third straight month in July, but employer payrolls continued to grow strongly, telling two different stories about the state's labor market. The state's jobless rate rose to 5.4 percent in July from 5 percent in June. Louisiana's unemployment rate was... more »
  • Increase in unemployment in Louisiana

    August 15, 2014 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 9 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,364 from the previous week's total of 2,293. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • US jobless aid applications rise to 311,000

    August 14, 2014 8:09 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid climbed 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000. The prior week's was revised up slightly to 290,000. The four-week average,... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises in June for second month

    July 18, 2014 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market softened in June, as the unemployment rate rose for a second month in a row and payroll growth slowed. The state's jobless rate rose to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in May. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. A separate survey... more »
  • US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

    July 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months... more »
  • US hiring surges as unemployment dips to 6.1 pct.

    July 3, 2014 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The June jobs report shows the U.S. economy moving steadily closer to full health, after having shrunk at the start of the year. The Labor Department reports employers added 288,000 jobs last month, far more than economists had been expecting. It also revised the job gains for April... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    June 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 21 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,604 from the previous week's total of 2,691. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    June 6, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 31 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,976 from the previous week's total of 2,985. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Applications up slightly for US jobless aid

    June 5, 2014 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid continue to hover near seven-year lows. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 312,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 310,250. That's the lowest... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    May 30, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 24 have increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,985 from the previous week's total of 2,343. There were 3,386 initial claims during the comparable... more »
  • US unemployment aid applications rise to 326,000

    May 22, 2014 7:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady. The Labor Department says applications rose 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. The increase comes after applications fell to their lowest level since May... more »
  • La. payrolls grow as jobless levels stay flat

    May 16, 2014 10:54 AM

    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... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    May 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 3 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,273 from the previous week's total of 2,238. There were 2,466 initial claims during the comparable week... more »
  • Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 319K

    May 8, 2014 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTONm D.C. - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving. The drop follows two weeks of increases that reflected mostly temporary layoffs around the Easter holiday. The holiday can cause an uptick in layoffs... more »
  • US gains 288k jobs; jobless rate falls to 6.3 pct.

    May 2, 2014 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years. The figures are a clear sign that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. The Labor Department says the unemployment... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    April 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 5 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,101 from the previous week's total of 1,985. There were 2,444 initial claims during the comparable week... more »
  • US employers advertised more open jobs in February

    April 8, 2014 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great... more »
  • Jobs picture brightens in Louisiana in February

    March 28, 2014 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in February, hitting the lowest level since mid-2008. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job hit a new record for the fifth month in a row, approaching 2 million. A separate survey shows payrolls... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims fall

    March 28, 2014 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 22 decreased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims fell to 2,131 from the previous week's total of 2,232. There were 2,057 initial claims during the comparable week... more »
  • Senators reach deal extending jobless benefits

    March 13, 2014 3:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators says they have reached a compromise extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed for five months. If the Senate approves, the deal would break a months-long stalemate over the issue in the chamber between the two parties. Two leaders of the... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    February 17, 2014 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending February 8 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,392 from the previous week's total of 1,988. There were 2,829 initial claims during the same time period... more »
  • Economists see encouraging signs in jobs report

    February 7, 2014 12:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Some economists are seeing encouraging signs in the January jobs report -- even though hiring was weak for a second straight month. The government reported today that employers added 113,000 jobs last month. That compares with an average monthly gain of 194,000 last year. The sluggish growth in... more »
  • Federal unemployment stops while state rate drops Play Video

    December 27, 2013 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 7,000 people in Louisiana will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday. Only people who qualified for an extra 37 weeks of coverage, on top of the traditional 26 weeks of benefits will lose their benefits. This is part of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation provided by the... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate drops

    November 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in October. Figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show improvement from August when it was 7 percent and September at 6.8 percent. 8,600 more people had jobs in October than September. The state also showed a 30,800... more »
  • First-time unemployment claims up

    November 15, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time unemployment insurance claims are up from last week in Louisiana. Figures released for the state Department of Labor show initial claims increased from 2,309 to 2,707. The comparable week a year earlier had 3,089. The four-week moving average increased to 2,425 from the previous week's... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims rise

    November 1, 2013 3:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 26 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,374 from the previous week's total of 2,311. For the comparable week a year earlier, there... more »
  • Weekly initial unemployment claims up

    October 18, 2013 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 12 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,513 initial claims compared to 2,456 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,443 from... more »
  • Obama touts economy at G20 meeting

    September 6, 2013 9:33 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - President Barack Obama says the world's economic powers focused on pursuing financial reforms and addressing tax evasion and avoidance during the G20 summit. Obama says during a news conference that the economies of the U.S. and European nations have emerged from a difficult recession. ... more »
  • La. jobless rate flat as payrolls dip slightly

    August 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in July. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly for the second straight month. Both sets of figures - adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes - were released Monday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.... more »
  • La. weekly initial unemployment claims down

    August 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 10 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,719 initial claims compared to 2,844 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,806 from... more »
  • La. weekly initial unemployment claims down

    July 29, 2013 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 20 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,035 initial claims compared to 3,764 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,978 from... more »
  • Weekly initial unemployment insurance claims up

    July 22, 2013 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 13 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,764 initial claims compared to 2,084 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,975 from... more »
  • Baton Rouge businesses hiring more workers Play Video

    July 5, 2013 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today's jobs report reported stronger-than-predicted gains in the economy, something which workers say is being reflected in Baton Rouge. Melissa McLain is learning the ropes from one of her new bosses at a Baton Rouge party supply store. She just started a few weeks ago. ... more »
  • Weekly unemployment claims increase

    June 28, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 22 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,026 from the previous week's total of 2,915. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Jobs added but unemployment rate edges up in La.

    June 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate edged up in May to 6.8 percent from 6.4 percent in April, even as the state added 6,100 private sector jobs over the month - and 28,000 over the year. Figures released Friday by state and federal labor officials showed non-farm employment in Louisiana... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims increase

    June 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 8 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,755 from the previous week's total of 3,306. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate rises

    May 17, 2013 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose in April for the fourth straight month, as fewer people reported having work. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the labor force was bascically flat, but the number of people who said they had a job fell by nearly 5,000. The jobless... more »
  • La. unemployment claims decrease

    May 10, 2013 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 4 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,466 from the previous week's total of 2,541. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Louisiana jobless rate rises along with payrolls

    April 19, 2013 2:23 PM

    Louisiana's unemployment rate rose in March for the third straight month, as fewer people reported having work. The increase contrasts with a separate survey showing employer payrolls rose in Louisiana. The jobless rate rose to 6.2 from 6 percent in February, though it remained below the 6.8 percent rate of... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate at 6 percent

    March 29, 2013 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal unemployment statistics show Louisiana's unemployment rate edged up to 6 percent in February. It had been 5.9 percent in January. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate went up despite an increase in total jobs of 9,100. Friday's preliminary figures... more »
  • Fed cites "pause" in growth, stands by stimulus

    January 30, 2013 1:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve says growth "paused" in recent months and reaffirmed its commitment to boost a sluggish U.S. economy by keeping borrowing cheap for the foreseeable future. The Fed took no new action after a two-day policy meeting. But it stood behind aggressive steps it launched in December... more »
  • Report: States force jobless to pay needless fees

    January 29, 2013 5:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - A report from a consumer group says states are costing unemployed Americans millions in unnecessary fees for their benefit payments. The National Consumer Law Center says the jobless are getting hit by unnecessary fees on bank issued payment cards that states encourage or require recipients to use. The... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    January 4, 2013 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 29 fell from the previous week's total, mainly because the Christmas holidays cut a day from the work week. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,505 from the... more »

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