Date:August 24, 2010
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Unemployment Rates Drop Across State in July

BATON ROUGE – Unemployment rates decreased in all parishes in July as the state’s unadjusted civilian labor force grew by 5,942 to its highest July total ever, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWS) reported today.

Louisiana’s unadjusted civilian labor force in July was 2,134,181, an increase of 26,606 from a year ago. The civilian labor force is estimated from a sample survey of residences taken around the 12th of each month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

All eight metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in Louisiana also had decreases in unemployment rates for July:

Alexandria, 7.2 percent, down from 7.9 percent in June

Baton Rouge, 7.6 percent, down from 8.3 percent

Houma, 5.2 percent, down from 6.0 percent

Lafayette, 6.0 percent, down from 6.6 percent in June

Lake Charles, 7.1 percent, down from 7.8 percent

Monroe, 8.0 percent, down from 8.8 percent

New Orleans, 7.5 percent, down from 8.1 percent

Shreveport, 7.4 percent, down from 7.8 percent 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.

An increase in the number of people employed, together with a decrease in unemployed, resulted in the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate decreasing to 7.6 percent from the June rate of 8.3 percent. The total employed rose by 19,433 over the month to 1,971,923, an increase of 28,755 from July 2009. Total unemployed decreased 13,491 from June for an unadjusted total of 162,258, a drop of 2,149 over the year.

“The July employment growth, together with more people in the labor force and fewer people unemployed, especially when looking over the year, are positive signs for our state,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “These key indicators are moving in the right direction.”

These data are estimated from a BLS survey of households. A separate survey of employers is used to estimate nonfarm jobs. The employer survey shows an increase of 20,100 jobs over the year for a total of

1,897,200. It also shows a 9,900-job loss over the month, reflecting seasonal declines in school employment in the summer as well as the release of temporary census workers. The July 2009 nonfarm job count was 1,877,100.

For more detailed information on July 2010 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information from the top right 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.

Note: This revision date does not reflect the revision date of the press release shown. Press Release postings are updated as needed and should be considered accurate as shown.