Date:July 20, 2010
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June Jobs Push State in Positive Growth for the Year

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew by 5,800 jobs from May to June, with the state recording its first over-the-year increase in jobs since December 2008, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported today.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.0 percent, up slightly from the revised May rate of 6.8 percent. Louisiana and Virginia tied for the 12th lowest in the nation and the second lowest in the Southern region. The Southern region rate for June was 9.2 percent. The June 2010 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the United States was 9.5 percent, down from the May rate of 9.7 percent.

The June nonfarm employment total of 1,906,200 is an increase of 6,900 jobs compared to the same time last year, with eight of 11 industry sectors recording job increases over the month. The largest monthly job gain occurred in education and health services which added 2,700 jobs from May to June for a total of 276,200 jobs. Among other sectors recording employment gains were leisure and hospitality, up 1,800 jobs to 199,200; construction, 124,700, up 900 workers; professional and business services, up 800 jobs to 194,400; and financial activities, up 500 to 89,300. Three sectors each had a 300-job increase over the month: trade, transportation, and utilities, 367,700; information, 24,800; and other services, 69,900. Sectors with declines for the month were mining and logging, down 900 jobs to 50,300; manufacturing, 135,400, down 600 jobs; and government, 374,300, down 300 jobs.

Nonfarm statistics are estimated from an employer-based sample survey by place of work. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics uses a separate sample survey of households to develop estimates about the civilian labor force.

“The over-the-year job gain of 6,900 jobs, along with the diversified growth in jobs across multiple industry sectors for the month, shows Louisiana employers have been hiring,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “This is particularly noteworthy given that the oil spill crisis had been ongoing for nearly two months when these surveys were conducted. We’re also still bracing for the full effects of the drilling moratorium.”

Louisiana’s civilian labor force - the number of people working or looking for work - for June 2010 was 2,095,547, a loss of 323 from May. The number of people employed decreased over the month by 4,338 to 1,948,108. The number of unemployed in Louisiana in June 2010 was 147,439, an increase of 4,015 from May.

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