Louisiana’s unemployment rate fell in June as people left the labor force, although employer payrolls showed strength. According to a CityBusiness report, the state’s jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent after three months at 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate remained above June 2014′s 6.2 percent rate, and the decrease in the past month’s numbers are influenced partially by an estimated 4,000 Louisianans leaving the workforce entirely, for a total of 141,000 unemployed people remaining in the state’s workforce. The seasonally adjusted statistics were released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Unemployment rates fell in 21 states in June, rose in 12, and were flat in 17. Louisiana tied for the nation’s sixth-highest jobless rate. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in June from 5.5 percent in May.
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