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Date:November 21, 2014
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Louisiana again sets multiple employment records in October

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana employers and workers set employment records in October including total nonfarm jobs, private sector jobs, the size of the civilian labor force and the share of the labor force that’s working, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Louisiana employers also set employment records in two industry sectors.

“As strong as these numbers are, I don’t expect the records to stand for long,” said Curt Eysink, Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director. “We’re still in the early stages of around $100 billion of announced industrial construction and manufacturing expansions that will drive job growth for years to come.”

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force reached 2,165,339 in October, an increase of 67,761 from a year earlier, according to a BLS survey of 750 households.

A record 2,030,729 people within the labor force were employed in October, an increase of 54,770 from October 2013.

The civilian labor force is the total number of people working plus those seeking work. The number of people unemployed in October was 134,610, an increase of 12,991 over the year. The state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, up from 5.8 percent a year earlier, and a 0.2 percentage point higher than in September.

The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in October, 1.4 percentage points lower than a year earlier. In the 17-state south region, the average seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.

“The state unemployment rate is up because of the rapid growth in our labor force,” Eysink said. “I think this is an indicator that people are responding to Louisiana’s strong job growth.”

Total nonfarm employment in Louisiana reached 1,988,900 in October, according to a separate BLS survey of 6,000 employers. Total private employment was 1,656,100, an increase of 31,000 jobs over the year. Private employers have been adding jobs over the year in Louisiana since October 2010.

Trade, transportation, and utilities reached a record of 395,700 jobs in October, an increase of 8,100 jobs over the year, the most of any sector. Education and health services also set a record in October at 297,100 jobs, an increase of 6,400 over the year.

Other sectors with strong over-the-year job gains were professional and business services with 6,600 more jobs, leisure and hospitality with 4,400 more jobs and construction with 4,100 more.

The government sector, which includes federal, state and local government, lost 6,500 jobs over the year, the most of any sector. State government employment dropped to its lowest level since the BLS began reporting the sector in 1990.

The LWC will release not seasonally adjusted data for the state’s metropolitan areas and parishes on Dec. 2.

Job seekers can explore careers, apply for the highest rated jobs and connect with local training providers on the LWC’s free career tool, Louisiana Star Jobs, at www.laworks.net/Stars. A mobile version is also available at m.laworks.net.

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.

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.

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

Connect with the Louisiana Workforce Commission socially at facebook.com/louisianaworks, twitter.com/louisianaworks and linkedin.com/company/louisiana-workforce-commission.

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