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|Unemployment flat in Franklin Parish|
The effects of a nationwide economic recession continue to be felt throughout Franklin Parish, where the numbers of jobless workers remained more than four points higher than other regions of the parish.
Franklin Parish unemployment topped 12.3 percent in the month of August, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Commission spokesperson Lynn Dias-Buttons said the high number of jobless claims in Franklin Parish have placed it near the bottom of Louisiana parishes.
"Franklin Parish ranks 57th out of 64 parishes," said Dias-Buttons.
The parish unemployment ranking was virtually unchanged from July, when 12.1 percent of the parish workforce was out of work, according to Dias-Buttons.
The commission utilizes a number of factors in determining jobless rates including unemployment claims, workforce estimates and telephone surveys.
Dias-Buttons said Franklin Parish seems to be tracking "about 4 points" off of last year's numbers.
In August 2008, the parish unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, some four percent less than the same period in 2009.
Statewide, unemployment figures were tracking slightly higher than last year, when a significant number of individuals filed first-time unemployment claims in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.
Despite ongoing economic woes, Louisiana continues to outpace the rest of the country.
Nationwide, the percentage of unemployed in the month of August was about 9.6 percent. In Louisiana, only 8.1 percent of the state's labor force was out of work.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission also tracks a number of other labor statistics, including estimates of the size of regional workforces and average wages.
According to commission estimates, Franklin Parish sports some 8,170 workers at an average salary of $484 per week.
Statewide, more than 2.1 million workers earn an average weekly wage of $772, placing the Franklin Parish worker more than 62 percent behind the rest of the state, according to the commission.