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Date:January 5, 2010
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New Orleans Metro Area Ties for Lowest Unemployment Rate Among Nationís Largest Metropolitan Areas

BATON ROUGE - The New Orleans metro area tied for the lowest unemployment rate among the nation's largest metropolitan areas, according to a report released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate for the New Orleans metro area, which includes Metairie and Kenner, was 6.1 percent for November 2009, tied with the Washington, D.C. metro area.

All of Louisiana's metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) ranked in the top quarter of the nation's 372 MSAs for lowest rates, with the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux MSA tied for the ninth lowest rate in the nation. Houma's rate was 4.6 percent for November 2009.

"This is great news not just for the New Orleans and Houma areas, but for the state as a whole," said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink. "These rankings are further evidence that our economy is performing strongly in the face of national economic challenges."

The not seasonally adjusted state rate was 6.3 percent in November 2009. The U.S. rate was 9.4 percent.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures reflect unemployment rates that are not seasonally adjusted. The BLS news release can be accessed at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/metro.pdf.

For more detailed information on employment data for Louisiana, visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission Web site at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information. Then select Monthly Employment Bulletin - Workforce At A Glance or Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release for the latest monthly nonfarm and labor force data.

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