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Apr 16, 2010 11:15 AM

Louisiana jobless rate falls to 6.9 percent

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March.

The federal Labor Department says Louisiana was among 17 states, as well as the District of Columbia, that saw seasonally adjusted jobless rates drop from February to March.

Louisiana's jobless rate for February was 7.3 percent. In March 2009, the rate was 6.2 percent.

The national unemployment rate for March was 9.7 percent. The Labor Department says that in the South, the jobless rate was 9.8 percent for the second consecutive month. In March 2009, the regional rate was 8.4 percent.

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