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La. Jobless Rate Drops But Payrolls Fall Sharply

The national unemployment rate was 7.8 percent December, the same as in November but down from the 8.5 percent level of December 2011.

The broadest measure of those who are seeking work averaged 12.7 percent in Louisiana over the 12 months ending Oct. 31, the most recent figures available. That number includes people who are working part time because they can't find a full-time job, are looking for work only sporadically, or have given up looking.

Nationwide, that broad measure averaged 15 percent during the same time.

Parish-level unemployment numbers will be released Jan. 25.

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