Jobless rates fall in November in 61 parishes - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jobless rates fall in November in 61 parishes

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Unemployment rates fell from October to November in 61 of Louisiana's 64 parishes, according to figures released Friday. All parishes remained above their jobless rates from November 2012, though.

Unemployment rates rose only in Grant and West Carroll parishes. The jobless rate was flat in Franklin Parish.

Terrebonne Parish's 3.8 percent remained the lowest jobless rate. East Carroll Parish's 12.9 percent remained highest.

Parish-level rates aren't adjusted to cancel out predictable seasonal changes.

Among metro areas, Lake Charles, Houma-Thibodaux-Bayou Cane and Lafayette showed the strongest year-over-year job growth.

Seasonally adjusted, Louisiana's jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent in November from October's 6.5 percent. November 2012's rate was 5.7 percent.

The national unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in November, below October's 7.3 percent and November 2012's 7.8 percent.

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