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Labor survey: More Louisianans report jobs than ever before

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More Louisianans report having a job than ever before, a sign the state’s economy is improving.

Employers reported 9,000 more workers in April than in March, another strong sign.

April’s survey shows 2.04 million people reporting jobs, beating the previous record of December 2014.

Still, Louisiana’s unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in April from 4.4 percent in March, as more people entered the labor force than found jobs.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent a year ago.

The separate employer payroll survey — many economists’ top labor market indicator — rose to 1.99 million in Louisiana. That’s the third straight month of large gains.

April’s U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent from March’s 4.1 percent.

The U.S. Labor Department released figures Friday, adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes.


Tyler Moody

After spending the last few years in television and radio, Tyler Moody comes to to head the sports’ department. An Elysian Fields, Texas and Shreveport native, Tyler has followed sports in the area his entire life. From a young age, his love for pure competition grew year after year. “Moody” attended high school in Shreveport at the athletic powerhouse that is Evangel Christian Academy. He was a starting pitcher and garnered multiple all-state accolades along with a 2009 state championship as an Eagle. He has taken the knowledge gained on the field and applied it to his career in sports. An avid fantasy sports player, Moody has become the go-to guy for fantasy talk and advice in the Ark-La-Tex. Now, he hopes to continue to grow into Shreveport’s go-to for area sports.

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