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Dec 17, 2010 10:48 AM by Nichole Larkey

Jobless rate up a bit in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's unemployment rate climbed a notch in November, rising to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent in October.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, though, said Friday that the state - on a seasonally adjusted basis - had 23,100 more non-farm jobs last month than in November 2009. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Louisiana a year ago was 7.3 percent.
While there was a slight drop in the civilian labor force last month, the number of Louisiana residents listed as jobless rose from 170,400 in October to 172,600 in November. In recent months, there has been a trend of previously discouraged unemployed returning to hunt for jobs.
The national jobless rate for November was 9.8 percent.

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