Louisiana unemployment rate falls

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls holding level.

The jobless rate stayed at 6 percent from August to September, remaining below September 2014’s 6.9 percent rate.

The number of people reporting having a job fell for the fourth straight month.

Unemployment stayed level because 15,000 people left the labor force, continuing a trend that began in June.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate remained above the national average of 5.1 percent.
A separate survey shows Louisiana payrolls fell 500 from August to September, but remained slightly above last September’s level.

Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes — were released Tuesday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The number of unemployed Louisianans fell to 129,000, down slightly from August and 21,000 lower than last year.

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