Date:July 23, 2010
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June Employment Numbers Show Job Gains

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s unadjusted nonfarm employment grew by 5,600 jobs from May to June, with New Orleans leading the state’s metro areas with a gain of 1,700 jobs over the month, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported today.

The 1,910,000 June job total reflected an annual gain of 9,400 from June 2009, marking the first over-the-year increase since December 2008. Nonfarm statistics are estimated from an employer-based sample survey that is taken by place of work for the pay period including the 12th of every month.

“The job growth statewide in June is very encouraging when you consider it against a backdrop of factors that are working against that growth, not the least of which are the federal drilling moratorium and the soft national economy,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director.

Along with New Orleans, other Louisiana metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that had job gains over the month were Shreveport, which gained 500 jobs; Lake Charles, 400 more jobs; Baton Rouge, 300 jobs; and Houma, 200 jobs. The job increase in New Orleans was distributed across several major industry sectors, including manufacturing, information, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and local government. Over the year, New Orleans showed an increase of 4,800 in its nonfarm employment, while Baton Rouge added 1,400 positions. Monroe saw its employee count rise by 500 from last June.

The seasonal increase in unemployment rates, due to the entry of students into the labor force and the seasonal layoffs at post-secondary educational facilities, continued to hold true in June, as Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 7.1 in May to 8.3 percent in June. This mirrors the usual summer pattern as seen in June 2009, with schools out of session and teens looking for jobs. The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 9.6 percent, up from the May rate of 9.3 percent. Every parish and MSA in the state recorded an increase in their unemployment rate as the number of individuals, 16 years and over, who were either working or actively looking for work increased from May.

While the number of unemployed increased as local schools ended for the summer, the gain of teen-agers looking for summer jobs in the labor force showed some were hired in industries that favor student workers, such as amusement and recreational facilities. Those venues are included in the leisure and hospitality industry sector, which added 2,700 jobs in June.

Parish and MSA unemployment data are not seasonally adjusted. Unadjusted rates are used to compare MSAs, parishes and counties to each other and to states and the nation.

The state’s unadjusted civilian labor force rose by 34,586 from May to June to a total of 2,129,519, the highest June level on record. The civilian labor force is estimated from a separate sample survey of residences taken around the 12th of each month.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted rate, used to compare states and the nation, was 7.0 percent in June, up from the revised May rate of 6.8 percent. Louisiana’s June rate was tied with Virginia for the 12th lowest unemployment rate in the nation.

For more detailed information on June 2010 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information from the top right-hand menu. Then select Monthly Employment Bulletin – Workforce At A Glance or Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release for the latest monthly nonfarm and labor force data.

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