BATON ROUGE — Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment totaled 1,952,900 in June, an increase of 25,800 over the year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Private sector employment grew 2.0 percent over the year, while government was down 1.5 percent, the result of the loss of 5,300 not seasonally adjusted jobs over the year.
Industry sectors that paced not seasonally adjusted employment were construction, which added 11,800 jobs over the year, or 9.3 percent; trade, transportation, and utilities, up 6,900 jobs, or 1.8 percent; and leisure and hospitality, up 7,100 jobs, or 3.4 percent.
Baton Rouge led all metropolitan statistical areas in over-the-year growth, adding 6,800 not seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs from last June, while the New Orleans MSA added 4,100 jobs over the year.
Nonfarm employment and industry sector data are based on a survey of 6,000 employers throughout the state and across industry sectors.
The BLS uses a separate survey of 750 households to estimate the civilian labor force and unemployment. Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working plus those looking for work – grew to 2,134,159 in June, up 12,304 over the year and up 26,447 over the month.
The number of employed grew by 7,658 over the year, while unemployment rose by 4,646 over the year. The number of employed in June was 1,965,566, and the number of unemployed was 168,593.
Over the month, unemployment grew by 21,925, while the number of employed grew 4,522.
The increase in unemployment and the rise in the unemployment rate are associated with the end of the school year when public and private schools and universities cut back their staffs, and when many students enter the workforce for the first time.
Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, up 0.2 percent over the year and 0.9 percent over the month. The national not seasonally adjusted rate was 7.8 percent, down 0.6 percent over the year and up 0.5 percent over the month.
“The long-standing job growth trends are continuing in Louisiana, and our private sector and civilian labor force are both larger than they were a year ago,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “It is not uncommon for the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to fluctuate this time of year with educators and students on vacation.”
June’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas and their over the year changes were:
• Alexandria, 8.1 percent, up from 7.7 percent in June 2012;
• Baton Rouge, 7.8 percent, unchanged;
• Houma, 5.7 percent, up from 5.5 percent;
• Lafayette, 6.0 percent, up from 5.7 percent;
• Lake Charles, 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent;
• Monroe, 8.5 percent, up from 8.4 percent;
• New Orleans, 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent;
• Shreveport, 8.3 percent, up from 7.6 percent.
Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net and create a HiRE account which will provide access to thousands of qualified job seekers. Individuals looking for jobs in high-value careers should go to Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free job search tool, at www.laworks.net/stars.
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For more detailed information on the June 2013 employment data for Louisiana, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at http://www.laworks.net 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.
To view the BLS nonfarm estimates for the state, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la.
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