BATON ROUGE – In August, the state’s employed labor force lost 12,900 individuals while the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, unchanged from July 2016. Nonfarm employment fell by 7,800 jobs over the month statewide led by losses in the leisure and hospitality and trade, transportation and utilities sectors.
Last month’s flooding disaster did not affect these numbers as the surveys were taken beforehand.
Seasonally-adjusted data showed the following for the state’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs):
• Alexandria lost 200 jobs over the month and 400 jobs over the year.
• Baton Rouge lost 2,800 jobs over the month and gained 7,500 jobs over the year.
• Houma lost 400 jobs over the month and 3,400 jobs over the year.
• Lake Charles gained 100 jobs over the month and 3,100 jobs over the year.
• Monroe was unchanged over the month and gained 600 jobs over the year.
• New Orleans lost 7,500 jobs over the month and 3,500 jobs over the year.
The BLS does not report seasonally-adjusted data for Hammond, Lafayette and Shreveport because of changes in those areas’ demographics. Not-seasonally-adjusted data for May showed:
• Hammond gained 500 jobs over the month and 100 jobs over the year.
• Lafayette lost 700 jobs over the month and 8,700 jobs over the year.
• Shreveport lost 200 jobs over the month and 600 jobs over the year.
Seasonally-adjusted data are useful for comparisons among states and the nation while not-seasonally-adjusted data are useful for comparing trends in parishes and metropolitan statistical areas, and for comparing them to the state.
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 LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and select Employment and Wage Data listed under Data Trends. To view the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics for the state, visit http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la. For BLS nonfarm employment data, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=sm.
The LWC will release not-seasonally-adjusted civilian labor force data for all MSAs on Friday, September 23.
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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