The unemployment rate for Richland Parish barely rose in December.
The unemployment rate inched up from 5.1 percent in November 2017 to 5.2 percent in December 2017. Both numbers are down from the 6.6 percent recorded in December 2017.
This translates into 437 people looking for work in the parish in December, up from 420 in November but down from 540 a year ago.
The total workforce for Richland Parish was 7,965 in December, up from 7,893 in November and 7,677 a year ago.