Date:September 29, 2015
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Unemployment rates decrease in all Louisiana metro areas for second consecutive month

BATON ROUGE — Unemployment rates declined in all nine Louisiana metro areas in August for the second month in a row, according to not seasonally adjusted data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Baton Rouge metropolitan area added 5,200 nonfarm jobs over the month and 7,300 jobs over the 12-month period to reach the highest level of nonfarm employment in the area’s history. Professional and business services had the largest over-the-year increase with 4,700 more jobs than in August 2014, an upturn of 10 percent. The construction sector added 2,600 jobs over the year.

Nonfarm employment in the Lake Charles metropolitan area increased by 3,800 jobs over the last 12 months, marking 50 consecutive months of over-the-year increases there. Leisure and hospitality led the area in over-the-year growth with 2,400 new jobs since August 2014.

“The Baton Rouge and Lake Charles metro area labor markets continue to lead the state,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “The Houma and Lafayette markets are feeling the greatest effect of job losses caused by the low price of crude oil.”

Job losses related to the low price of oil continued in the Lafayette and Houma metropolitan areas, which have lost 2,400 and 900 jobs in the mining and logging sector, respectively, over the past 12 months.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates and over-the-year changes in nonfarm employment for each metro area are as follows:

• Alexandria: 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in July and 7.9 percent in August 2014; 200 fewer jobs than August 2014.

• Baton Rouge: 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in July and 6.8 in August 2014; 7,300 more jobs over the year.

• Hammond: 7.1 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July and 8.6 in August 2014; 500 more jobs over the year.

• Houma, 5.5 percent, down from 5.6 percent in July and 5.7 in August 2014; 2,300 fewer jobs over the year.

• Lafayette: 6.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in July and at the same level same as August 2014; 3,000 fewer jobs over the year.

• Lake Charles: 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in July and 6.9 percent in August 2014; 3,800 more jobs over the year.

• Monroe: 6.8 percent, down from 6.9 percent in July and 8.1 percent in August 2014; 800 fewer jobs over the year.

• New Orleans: 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent in July and 7.4 percent in August 2014; 2,200 fewer jobs over the year.

• Shreveport: 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent in July and 8.1 percent in August 2014; 1,900 fewer jobs over the year.

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, which we released Friday, September 18, are useful for comparisons among states and the nation.

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