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Jun 18, 2010 11:17 AM

Louisiana jobless rate rises in May

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

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday, at the same time, the state added 11,100 jobs last month, one of the best numbers on a percentage basis in the United States.

The April unemployment rate on a seasonally adjusted basis was 6.7 percent. In May 2009, Louisiana's jobless rate was 6.8 percent.

While employment increased last month, the BLS says the number of unemployed rose by 3,600 while the civilian labor force increased by 5,500. That's a typical post-recession indication that once-discouraged workers have again started looking for employment.

It wasn't immediately clear how the Gulf of Mexico oil spill might have affected the May employment picture.

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