LA's Unemployment Rates Released

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 6:19pm

New numbers show Louisiana may not be immune to the trend when it comes to the troubled national economy. It’s a case of good news, bad news. We’re the only state that’s seen an increase in the number of jobs, but at the same time, there are also more people who are out of work.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate has increased from 5.3% in November to 5.9% in December. While that’s significantly lower than the rest of the country, it’s up nearly 2% from the figures last year.

It’s an increase that’s led to more people seeking jobs in our area. Services like the Business Career Solutions Center have seen more people coming through their doors. Even the hotlines for unemployment insurance are experiencing longer wait times.

Curt Eysink with Louisiana Workforce Commission says, “We expect that in January, we brought on some staff temporarily to handle that, and we’ll keep them on as long as we need to keep that under control.”

Experts say we still are in better shape than the rest of the country. They believe the statistics show that there are jobs out there, for some reason, the people and the jobs just don’t seem to be meeting up.

If you do experience those long waiting times or busy signals, experts recommend you try to call later in the week when there are fewer people calling.