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Date:December 20, 2013
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State unemployment rate drops for third consecutive month in November
Louisiana employers add 26,000 private sector jobs over the year

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in November, the third straight monthly improvement, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state jobless rate previously had held steady at 7.0 percent for three straight months before improving over the month to 6.8 in September, and 6.5 in October.

Louisiana’s private sector employers added 26,000 jobs in the 12 months leading up to November, BLS data shows. The state’s unbroken streak of over-the-year gains in private sector job growth now stands at 39 months.

“The improving unemployment rate reflects what employers have been telling us for months, that their need for trained, qualified employees is growing,” Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “The November numbers validate once again that Louisiana is on a great trajectory.”

The unemployment rate and civilian labor force figures are estimated by taking a survey of about 750 households. Louisiana’s civilian labor force—the total number of employed plus those actively looking for work—was 2,087,993 in November, an increase of 2,251 over the year. The number of employed was 1,956,863, a decrease of 9,216 over the year, while the number of unemployed was 131,130, up 11,467 over the year. The state rate was 0.6 percent higher in November than it was a year earlier. The South region average rate in November was 6.7 percent. Louisiana had the sixth lowest rate in the South region.

The national seasonally adjusted rate for November 2013 was 7.0 percent. Louisiana was tied for the 20th lowest rate in the nation.

The BLS uses a separate survey of more than 6,000 businesses across industries and the state to calculate nonfarm employment. Seasonally adjusted data for Louisiana’s total nonfarm employment climbed to 1,965,700 in November, an increase of 20,500 over the year and 400 over the month.

Private sector employment gains offset an over-the-year loss of 5,500 jobs in state, local and federal government, which was the largest sector decline over the year. The biggest over-the-year gainers were trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,500, leisure and hospitality with 8,100 and construction with 5,100 jobs.

To view all available employment data, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at http://www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information from the top right-hand menu. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and select Employment and Wage Data listed under Historical Data Analysis.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission will release not seasonally adjusted data for the state’s eight metropolitan areas and parishes on Dec. 27.

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.

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

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