Date:July 27, 2011
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Private Sector Job Growth Continues in June

BATON ROUGE – Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm private sector employment increased by 26,000 from June 2010 to June 2011, marking Louisiana's 10th consecutive month of over-the-year gains in private employment, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reported today.

The gains were accompanied by a decrease of 14,400 local, state and federal government jobs, for a net gain of 11,600 not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs over the year. The numbers are drawn from a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) survey of Louisiana employers. The survey showed a not seasonally adjusted total of 1,908,700 nonfarm jobs in June.

Over the month, there was a decline of 4,800 jobs, led by decreases in the education workforce as public and private institutions closed for the summer.

Survey results for metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) reflected a similar, typical summer pattern of job losses in education. Overall, not seasonally adjusted data show six metro areas added nonfarm jobs and two had decreases from June 2010 to June 2011:

New Orleans and Alexandria, up 2,900 nonfarm jobs each.

Lake Charles, up 2,300 jobs.

Shreveport, up 1,900 jobs.

Houma, up 1,800 jobs.

Lafayette, up 400 jobs.

Baton Rouge, down 1,900 jobs.

Monroe, down 100 jobs.

“The best news in these numbers is the continued growth in private sector jobs,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “We’ve had over-the-month private sector job gains for 15 of the past 18 months, with June recording the sector’s highest private sector jobs total since December 2008.”

A separate BLS survey is used to estimate the size of Louisiana’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or unemployed but looking for work – and the unemployment rate. Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 8.1 percent in June. The U.S. rate increased to 9.3 percent for June from 8.7 percent in May. The household survey showed the Louisiana labor force increased 12,637 over the month to 2,069,971. The not seasonally adjusted estimate shows the number of people employed in June was 1,902,454, up 11,323 from May. This was the highest level of employment reported from the household survey for 2011. The number of unemployed in June was 167,517, up 1,314 from May.

June unemployment rates for the MSA areas were mixed over the month with three areas - Houma at 5.7 percent, Lafayette at 6.3 percent and Lake Charles at 6.9 percent - decreasing from the prior month. The New Orleans MSA at 8.0 percent and Shreveport at 7.3 percent remained the same as the May 2011 rate. The remaining MSAs increased one-tenth of a percent from May to June 2011. Over the year data showed that all of the MSAs followed the state trend with decreases in the unemployment rates for June 2011 compared to June 2010.

For more detailed information on June 2011 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.

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