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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.

"I was just trying to move on from something else that wasn't working out so I looking around a little bit but actually heard about this place from a friend," she says.

Melissa is one of nearly new ten hires here in recent months. And managers say they're still looking for more.

"Well you're going with a smaller staff and a lesser crew, then all the sudden you realize you can't keep up with the business that you have," says manager Jason LeBlanc. "So a few months ago it just started to turn around when you realize we just don't have quite enough, so it's time to increase to more like we had before."

Economists say retailers have seen a steady increase in sales over the past few months, which gives them more money to hire more people. It's something that's being seen in industries across the board.

"We do the sales that justify brining on a big staff," says Restaurant Manager Garrett Morgan.

Morgan says the restaurant and bar business took somewhat of a hit when the economy tanked, but now he's noticed a change.

"When times are better and the economy is on the rise, people can indulge themselves," he says.

Across the country, about 200,000 jobs were added in June. However the unemployment rate was unchanged.


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