BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s private sector employers added 30,000 jobs over the year, helping set records for total nonfarm jobs and total private jobs in October, according to not seasonally adjusted data released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Total nonfarm employment rose to 1,996,800 in October, not seasonally adjusted data show. Total private employment reached 1,659,100, according to the data, which is drawn from a monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of 6,000 employers across industries and the state.
“Private employers continue to add jobs in most industry sectors in Louisiana,” said Curt Eysink, Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director. “They’ve been adding jobs for more than four years and we expect the trend to continue.”
Education and health services added 7,200 jobs over the year, the most of any sector, the data show. Other sectors with strong job gains included trade, transportation, and utilities with 6,900 jobs, professional and business services with 5,800 jobs, leisure and hospitality with 4,900 jobs, construction with 3,800 jobs and manufacturing with 2,900 jobs.
The government sector lost 6,300 jobs over the year, the most of any sector, including 4,000 state jobs and 2,000 local government jobs.
The BLS uses a separate survey of 750 households to estimate the unemployment rate and the civilian labor force, which is the total number of people who are employed plus those looking for work.
Louisiana’s civilian labor force grew to 2,187,741 in October, an increase over the year of 83,856. A majority of the increase—73,807—were employed, while the number of unemployed rose by 10,049 over the year.
The size of the labor force and the nonfarm jobs total both set records in October, the not seasonally adjusted data show.
“Louisiana needs a growing labor force to keep up with the growing needs of employers in Louisiana,” Eysink said.
Over the month, the civilian labor force grew by 26,542, while the number of people employed grew by 27,701. The number of unemployed people declined from the previous month by 1,159.
Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in October, a 0.3 percentage point higher than a year earlier and down by a 0.1 percentage point over the month. The national rate was 5.5 percent, down from 7.0 percent a year earlier.
Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates declined or remained the same over the month in Louisiana’s eight metro areas:
Alexandria: 6.3 percent, down from 6.5 percent in September.
Baton Rouge: 5.6 percent, unchanged.
Houma: 4.2 percent, unchanged.
Lafayette: 4.6 percent, unchanged.
Lake Charles: 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent.
Monroe: 6.4 percent, down from 6.5 percent.
New Orleans: 6.0 percent, down from 6.2 percent.
Shreveport: 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent.
Not seasonally adjusted data are useful for comparing trends in parishes and metropolitan statistical areas, and for comparing them to the state. Seasonally adjusted data, on the other hand, are useful for comparisons among states and the nation.
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 use Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career exploration and job search tool, at www.laworks.net/stars. A mobile version of Louisiana Star Jobs is also available at m.laworks.net.
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 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.
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To view the BLS nonfarm estimates for the state, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la.
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