Louisiana unemployment tapers off slightly

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The rate for continued claims fell below 11% for the first time in months.

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) – Applications for unemployment benefits in Louisiana increased slightly last week, according to figures from the U.S. Employment and Training Administration.

The number of claims for the week that ended Sept. 26 totaled 15,401, an increase of 3.8% from the previous week and 8.5 times higher than the claim count from the same week last year.

As of Sept. 19, 204,213 people in Louisiana received unemployment benefits, representing 10.8% of all eligible employees in the state.

It’s the first time the rate has been below 11% in Louisiana for months.

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