Louisiana’s unemployment rate at an 11-year low, could be a factor in governor’s race

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NEW ORLEANS (Gambit) – Coming in at just under 4 percent, Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 2008, according to preliminary data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this month.

The rate is down significantly from 6.3 percent when Gov. John Bel Edwards took office in January 2016, which is why his re-election team is touting it as a sign the state is moving in the right direction as they gear up for the governor’s election this November.

According to the bureau report, Louisiana also added 3,300 jobs from February to March 2019, making it Louisiana’s 13th straight month of job growth compared to the same month of the previous year.

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