The state's jobless rate rose to 5 percent in June from 4.9 percent in May. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013.

The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys and accepts delivery of eligible property or places property on layaway.

The project was pushed by former Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom as a way to help Louisiana's sugar industry, and its financing was approved in 2003 by the State Bond Commission. But it was a failure from the start and left current commissioner Mike Strain saddled with debt at his agency.

The Women Who Mean Business honorees and trailblazers will be featured as a cover story in the September issue of ABiz, which publishes Sept. 15.

The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,577 from the previous week's total of 2,604. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,027.

IDB carouselThe Industrial Development Board unanimously approved a plan Tuesday afternoon to aid the $95 million development anchored by Costco Wholesale.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,604 from the previous week's total of 2,691. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,026.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,691 from the previous week's total of 3,292. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,915.

A site plan floating around cyberspace is purportedly a preliminary layout for that $95 million, 58-acre Ambassador Town Center development anchored by Costco Wholesale and Dick’s Sporting Goods near the Ambassador Caffery-Kaliste Saloom Road intersection.

The Atlanta-based company that franchises Popeyes fried chicken restaurants has purchased the recipes for many of the dishes served in those restaurants from Louisiana-based Diversified Foods and Seasonings for $43 million.

A Lafayette pet-grooming business is claiming conspiracy after the owner and an employee were issued misdemeanor summonses for animal abuse stemming from an undercover video.

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