- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana’s unemployment rate ticked up in November, with the number of jobless people rising even as people exited the labor force.

The jobless rate rose to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in October, although it remained below the 7.2 percent rate of November 2014.

The number of people reporting having a job fell for the sixth straight month.

A separate survey showed payrolls flat in November, but more than 11,000 lower than in November 2014, a warning that Louisiana’s economy may be shrinking.

The unemployment rate was the fifth-highest among states, and remained above the nation’s 5 percent rate.

Both sets of figures, adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes, were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The number of unemployed Louisianans rose to 135,000, up 2,000 from October.

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