The state's jobless rate rose to 5.4 percent in July from 5 percent in June. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in July 2013.

Local skate shop collaborates with sneaker giant to create the "Crawfish Dunks"

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oyster carouselNumbers have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst offshore oil disaster.

Local stores open second location

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The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,293 from the previous week's total of 2,312. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,844.

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