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Nov 25, 2009 10:37 AM

La down 1,900 jobs in October, 44,000 over year

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Louisiana lost 1,900 jobs in October, giving the state a loss of 44,000 in the non-farm work force since October 2008.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Tuesday that over the year, the largest employment losses were in manufacturing and in trade, transportation, and utilities. Each of those two sectors lost 10,300 positions.

Six of the eleven industry sectors had decreases in employment.

The October preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana was 7.4 percent, unchanged from the September revised.

The national unemployment rate for October was 10.2 percent, an increase from the September rate of 9.8 percent.

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