Unemployment rose sharply in Richland Parish in March according to figures release this week by the Louisiana Works commission.
The jobless rate for Richland Parish rose from 6.5 percent in in February to 8.6 percent in March. It is also up from 5.7 percent in March 2019.
That translates into 722 people being out of work in Richland Parish last month as opposed to 528 in February and 470 a year ago.
The Richland Parish workforce was up to 7,676 people in March, up from 7,605 people in February and down from 7,747 a year ago.