Louisiana’s unemployment rate for July was 7.6 percent — the same as July 2010 and down slightly from 7.8 percent in June — according to seasonally adjusted figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Last month, the number of people listed as unemployed fell to 154,300 from 160,300 in June. At the same time, the civilian labor force — including the employed and those actively seeking work — fell by about 8,000. The labor force for June was listed as 2.045 million; for July, 2.037 million.
Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate increases, in Friday’s figures. Louisiana was one of only nine states that showed a rate decreases. Thirteen states had no rate change.