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Louisiana jobless rate drops even as payrolls dip

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Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped sharply to 5.7 percent in December, even as the state's labor force expanded. A separate survey shows payrolls fell slightly from November, but remain 19,000 jobs above December 2012. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's the fourth straight month...

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