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Date:September 26, 2013
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Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate unchanged in August

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in August at 7.1 percent, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

The nation’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent, down from 7.7 percent the previous month and down from 8.2 percent in August 2012. The Louisiana rate in August 2012 was 6.7 percent.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – an estimate of the total number of people working plus those looking for work – was 2,092,605 in August, an increase of 6,637 over the year and down by 30,731 from the prior month.

The estimated number of employed was 1,944,397 in August, down 1,090 over the year and 27,445 over the month. The number of unemployed in August was 148,208, up by 7,727 over the year and down 3,286 over the month.

The BLS estimates the civilian labor force and unemployment rate using a survey of 750 households. The BLS uses a separate survey of 6,000 employers spread across industries and the state to estimate nonfarm employment.

Statewide, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 1,947,900 in August, up 33,600 over the year. Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 39,100 over the year, to 1,613,800 in August.

“The private sector has been making year-over-year gains for three straight years, adding more and more job opportunities for more and more of our people,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said.

Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm and civilian labor force data, including not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, are useful for comparing trends in various parts of the state such as parishes and metropolitan statistical areas. Seasonally adjusted data, on the other hand, are useful for comparisons with other states and national trends.

Not seasonally adjusted August unemployment rates for Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas and their over-the-year changes were:

• Alexandria, 7.3 percent, up from 6.7 percent in August 2012;

• Baton Rouge, 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent;

• Houma, 4.9 percent, up from 4.6 percent;

• Lafayette, 5.3 percent, up from 4.8 percent;

• Lake Charles, 6.4 percent, up from 6.1 percent;

• Monroe, 7.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent;

• New Orleans, 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent;

• Shreveport, 7.5 percent, up from 6.7 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 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.

A mobile version of Louisiana Star Jobs is now available at m.laworks.net.

For more detailed information on the August 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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