Louisiana adds jobs for November

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's nonfarm workforce grew by 2,900 jobs in November, with much of that gain from October attributed to seasonal hires in sectors like retail.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates employment at 1.9 million, on a nonseasonally adjusted basis.

For the year, from November 2008, the agency says the state lost 42,200 jobs, but labor market specialist Patty Granier says that figure underscores the relative resilience of the state economy amid the national economic slump.

Last month, Louisiana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate registered at 6.7 percent, lower than the national average and tied for ninth lowest among states.

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