La. jobless rate flat as payrolls dip slightly
Louisiana's unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in July, according to numbers released Monday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A separate survey from the same source showed that state employer payrolls fell slightly for the second straight month.
Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July 2012. Jobless rates had risen every month in 2013 before July.
The labor force and number of people reporting having a job were essentially flat.
Louisiana had 146,300 unemployed people in July, down from 146,700 in June, and up from 136,500 in July 2012.
Nevada retained the nation's worst jobless rate at 9.5 percent, while North Dakota was again lowest at 3 percent.
The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in July from 7.6 in June. It was also below the 8.2 percent level of July 2012.
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Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013