Apr 18, 2014 12:26 PM by associated press
More than 2 million Louisianans say they have a job, an all-time high. That number hit a new peak for the sixth month in a row in March, as the state's unemployment rate held steady from February at 4.5 percent. That tied for the seventh-lowest rate in the nation.
A separate survey shows payrolls were grew slightly from February to March, but remained below the record levels of late 2013.
Both sets of figures - adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes - were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.
Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in March 2013. The number of unemployed Louisianians remained below 100,000, falling to 93,500 in March. That's the lowest level since July 2008, down from 95,000 in February and 135,000 in March 2013.