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Date:May 23, 2013
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Louisiana’s labor force and jobs grow in April

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force—the number of people working or looking for work—rose to 2,083,585 in April, an increase of 8,961 over the year and 19,043 over the month.

The number of employed in April was 1,954,430, an increase of 4,920 over the year and 13,614 over the month. The number of unemployed in Louisiana was 129,155 in April, an increase of 4,041 over the year and 5,429 over the month.

Not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment was 1,951,000 in April, up 19,500 over the year. Private employers added 24,200 jobs over the year, pushing not seasonally adjusted private employment to 1,601,900.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in April, an increase of 0.2 percent over the month and over the year.

The U.S. not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in April, down 0.5 percent from last month and down 0.6 percent from a year ago.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were up over the year in six of eight of Louisiana’s metro areas. The metro area April rates were:

• Alexandria, 6.2 percent, up from 5.9 percent in April 2012;

• Baton Rouge, 5.9 percent, down from 6.0 percent;

• Houma, 4.4 percent, up from 4.2 percent;

• Lafayette, 4.6 percent, up from 4.4 percent;

• Lake Charles, 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent;

• Monroe, 6.7 percent, up from 6.5 percent;

• New Orleans, 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent;

• Shreveport, 6.6 percent, up from 5.9 percent.

“Not seasonally adjusted rates bounce around from month to month. The long-term trends for Louisiana have been strong for well over two years now and remain strong,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The method the BLS uses to estimate the results of its monthly surveys allows for unwarranted variability from one month to the next, particularly for areas that are smaller than the state, such as metropolitan statistical areas, and for industry sectors or subsectors.

For more detailed information on the April 2013 employment data for Louisiana, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at http://www.laworks.net 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.

To view the BLS nonfarm estimates for the state, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la.

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