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  • 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 »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    December 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 8 fell from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 3,516 from the previous week's total of 4,048. The four-week moving average, which is a... more »
  • Hope for college graduates Play Video

    December 13, 2012 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of students from LSU and Southern Univeristy will be walking across the stage Friday to receive their diplomas. As those students make the walk across stage things are looking good for them on the other side. In Novermber, the U.S. economy added over 100,000 jobs,... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    December 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 1 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,048 from the previous week's total of 2,705. The department said similar spikes have occurred... more »
  • US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.

    December 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department report offered a mixed picture for the economy.... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    November 30, 2012 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 24 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,705 from the previous week's total of 2,875. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Report: Extending jobless benefits creates jobs

    November 29, 2012 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says extending the current level of long-term unemployment benefits for another year would add 300,000 jobs to the economy. A report from the nonpartisan office estimates that preserving jobless benefits would cost the government $30 billion. But it would also lead to more spending... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    November 2, 2012 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 27 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,568 from the previous week's total of 2,891. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Romney seizes on uptick in unemployment rate

    November 2, 2012 9:21 AM

    NORFOLK, Va. - Mitt Romney says the one-tenth-of-a-point increase in the unemployment rate to 7.9 percent is, quote, "a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill." The Republican presidential nominee says voters will decide Tuesday between what he calls stagnation and prosperity. He made the... more »
  • Unemployment rates fall in 95 pct. of US cities

    October 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in nearly all large US cities in September from August, a sign that recent jobs gains have been widespread. The Labor Department says rates declined in 355 of the 372 metro areas, the most since April. The report also shows that nearly half of cities... more »
  • Unemployment rates fall in 7 US swing states

    October 19, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell or held steady last month in nine key swing states at the center of this year's presidential election. Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia. The declines could help President Barack Obama at... more »
  • Romney blasts Obama despite drop in unemployment

    October 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says a drop in the nation's unemployment rate to 7.8 percent "is not what a real recovery looks like." The former Massachusetts governor responded to the September jobs report out Friday by arguing that Obama has a failed record on the economy.... more »
  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 percent of US cities

    October 3, 2012 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas in August, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged... more »
  • Weekly unemployment claims fall

    September 28, 2012 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Initial claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana fell for the week ending Sept. 22. Figures released Friday show initial claims decreased to 3,294 from the previous week's total of 4,873. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the declines were spread throughout many industries. The claims were above the... more »
  • Louisiana jobless rate dips as labor force shrinks

    September 21, 2012 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Unemployment ticked down in Louisiana in August as some people left the labor force. The state's jobless rate fell to 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in July but above the 7.3 percent unemployment rate of August 2011. Louisiana's jobless rate never rose as high as... more »
  • Isaac causes spike in initial jobless claims

    September 14, 2012 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hurricane Isaac caused a spike in initial claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Sept. 8. Figures released Friday show initial claims increased to 9,023 from 2,345. That's the most initial claims filed in one week since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike impacted Louisiana in... more »
  • Romney: Jobs report 'hammer blow' to middle-class

    August 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Mitt Romney says the latest unemployment uptick is "another hammer blow to the struggling middle-class families of America." The Labor Department said Friday the country saw unemployment rise from 8.2 percent in June to 8.3 percent in July. Romney says that is "not just statistics" and... more »
  • Obama: Too many people still looking for work

    August 3, 2012 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says new jobs figures released Friday show there are too many people looking for work. He says "we've got more work to do on their behalf." The president is urging Congress to pass a tax cut extension for families making less than $250,000 a year. He... more »
  • Louisiana revamps unemployment system Play Video

    August 1, 2012 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People looking for work could have an easier time of getting noticed, and the state could have a new way of cutting down unemployment costs. Louisiana is the first state with new technology dubbed "HIRE", or Helping Individuals Reach Employment, to connect employers to the unemployed.... more »
  • Claims for unemployment benefits fall

    July 27, 2012 10:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Louisiana for the week ending July 21 fell from the previous week's total. State labor department figures released Friday show initial claims fell to 3,080 from the previous week's total of 3,675. The figure was lower than it was for... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims decrease

    July 6, 2012 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Louisiana for the week ending June 30 decreased from the previous week's total. State labor department figures released Friday show initial claims fell to 3,456 from the previous week's total of 3,633. The figure was lower than it was for... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims increase

    June 15, 2012 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 9 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,272 from the previous week's total of 4,177. The figure was below what it was... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims decrease

    June 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 4,177 from the previous week's total of 4,285. The figure was lower than it was... more »
  • Jobless figures disappoint

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON- Economists say the jobs picture might not be as bad as it sounds, despite today's news that the number of people applying for unemployment benefits is stuck near a three-month high. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment aid dipped by about 1,000 last week, less than economists expected.... more »
  • US unemployment aid applications decline slightly

    April 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dipped last week but remained higher than it's been in recent weeks. The slight rise in applications in the past few weeks could signal that the gains in the job market are uneven. The Labor Department says weekly applications declined... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate

    April 9, 2012 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has registered a slight increase in the number of newly unemployed seeking jobless payments. The state Workforce Commission says there were 2,945 initial claims for the week ending March 31 - up from the previous week's 2,873. For the comparable week ending April 2, 2011, the... more »
  • US weekly unemployment aid applications decline

    March 29, 2012 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000. That's the smallest number of applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a... more »
  • US weekly unemployment aid applications decline

    March 29, 2012 8:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000. That's the smallest number of applicants since April 2008. The four-week average, a... more »
  • Man asks Rep. Cassidy to extended unemployment Play Video

    December 8, 2011 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge man pleads to Congressman Bill Cassidy to help save federal unemployment benefits. 58-year-old Dudley Davis showed up at Cassidy's Baton Rouge office this morning with a letter in hand. Cassidy was in Washington, D.C. at the time, but Davis' message is to persuade Congress... more »
  • Unemployment insurance claims down

    November 18, 2011 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov.12 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims dropped to 3,321 from the previous week's total of 3,678. The figure was lower than it was... more »
  • La. unemployment rate lowest since April 2010

    October 26, 2011 2:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's employment picture brightened in September as the state registered its lowest unemployment rate since April 2010. The state Workforce Commission reported Wednesday that Louisiana had 41,300 more non-farm jobs last month than in September 2010. The number also represented an increase compared to August... more »
  • La. initial jobless claims remain steady

    October 7, 2011 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment benefits remained steady last week in Louisiana. However, the Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday the number of additional benefit weeks requested by those looking for work fell to its lowest level in 2011. There were 3,236 initial jobless claims for the... more »
  • Inital jobless claims fall in Louisiana

    September 30, 2011 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - First-time claims for unemployment payments dropped 9.7 percent last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,221 initial claims for the week end Sept. 24 - down from the previous week's total of 3,567. For the comparable week that ended Sept.... more »
  • Jobless claims rise in Louisiana

    September 23, 2011 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits jumped 9.6 percent last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,567 initial unemployment filings for the week ending Sept. 17. That's up from the previous week's total of 3,256. For the comparable week ending Sept. 18,... more »
  • La. unemployment-check error rate high

    September 19, 2011 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than four in 10 unemployment checks in Louisiana were issued improperly because they failed to meet the state's own standards. That's according to a federal report issued last week. The U.S. Labor Department identified over $497 million in unemployment "overpayments" from 2009 to 2011, a... more »
  • La. unemployment rate drops in August

    September 16, 2011 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- Louisiana's unemployment rate in August was 7.2 percent, down from July's rate of 7.6, according to seasonally adjusted figures compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says August's unemployment rate is the state's lowest this year and marks the third straight... more »
  • Louisiana Workforce at a Glance

    September 13, 2011 5:10 PM

    Click here to read the Louisiana Workforce Commission's report on employment and unemployment rates for July 2011. more »
  • Louisiana 2nd worst in poverty

    September 13, 2011 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report 21.6 percent of Louisianians live in poverty. Only Mississippi fares worse at 22.7 percent. The nation's poverty rate rose from 11.3 percent in 2000 to 15.1 percent in 2010 up from 14.3 percent the year before. Even... more »
  • La. 1 of 9 states to see jobless rate dip

    August 19, 2011 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate for July was 7.6 percent - the same as July 2010 and down slightly from 7.8 percent in June - according to seasonally adjusted figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last month, the number of people listed as unemployed fell to... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims increase

    August 12, 2011 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 6 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,033 from the previous week's total of 3,857. The figure was lower than it... more »
  • UK police arrest over 200 as riots continue

    August 8, 2011 1:05 PM

    LONDON - British Home Secretary Theresa May says the number of people arrested in rioting in London has reached 215. May says 27 people have been charged so far in the unrest and looting that has stretched over three days. Police said 35 police officers were injured. ... more »
  • Job growth slows a bit in Louisiana

    July 27, 2011 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Annual job growth in Louisiana slowed a bit in June. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 11,600 more non-farm jobs last month than in June 2010. In May, the state had 15,000 more non-farm jobs than in May 2010. The figures are not adjusted for... more »
  • White: Poverty and unemployment driving crime in BR

    June 16, 2011 10:13 AM

    Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White has been on the job less than a month and he's already tackling crime, meeting the community and getting to know his new department. He stopped by 2une In for his first interview since taking over to talk about his plans to combat... more »
  • April job growth picks up in Louisiana

    May 25, 2011 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The rate of job growth picked up in Louisiana in April after sagging a bit in March. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state had 14,500 more non-farm jobs in April than in April 2010. That follows a March-to-March gain of 9,200 jobs and a February-to-February... more »
  • April jobless rate unchanged in Louisiana

    May 20, 2011 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Labor Department says Louisiana added 13,100 non-farm jobs in April. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the jobless rate remained unchanged at 8.1 percent from March. The number of those officially listed as unemployed dropped to 167,900 in April from 168,700 in March. There also... more »
  • La. first-time jobless claims jump 11 percent

    March 11, 2011 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time jobless claims in Louisiana took an 11 percent jump last week. The Louisiana Workforce Agency says there were 3,543 initial claims from the newly unemployed during the week ending March 5. The state tallied 3,196 first-time claims the previous week. The four-week moving average... more »
  • State jobless claims largely stable

    March 4, 2011 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment payments were almost unchanged last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,196 initial claims for the week ending Feb. 26. The state took in 3,167 initial claims the previous week. For the comparable week ending Feb. 27,... more »
  • First-time jobless claims down in Louisiana

    February 7, 2011 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana decreased for the week ending Jan. 29. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 3,872 initial unemployment filings for the week, down from the previous week's total of 3,934. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,827 from... more »

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