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Mar 12, 2010 2:15 PM

Job loss slows in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana lost 21,900 jobs from December to January, largely as Christmas jobs in retail sales and shipping and temporary student jobs came to a seasonal end.

That's according to a report Friday from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

From January 2009 through January 2010, the state lost 42,200 jobs on a nonseasonally adjusted basis. That's an improvement from the 2009 count of 47,100 lost jobs.

With seasonal factors taken out, the state gained 2,800 jobs in January.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.4 percent, up from 7.3 percent in December. During the month, state officials say the number of people working or looking for work increased by just over 6,000.

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