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Date:September 23, 2016
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Unemployment rates fall in all metro areas in August

BATON ROUGE – Unemployment rates fell over the month in all nine Louisiana metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in August, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Not-seasonally-adjusted data represent a snapshot of employment but are not adjusted for seasonal factors. The not-seasonally-adjusted rate for Louisiana in August was 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in July. The LWC released seasonally-adjusted data for the state on September 20.

Not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates for Louisiana’s MSAs in August were as follows:

• Alexandria: 7.0 percent, down from 7.2 percent in July and up from 6.6 percent in August 2015;

• Baton Rouge: 5.7 percent, down from 5.9 percent in July and up from 5.5 percent in August 2015;

• Hammond: 7.5 percent, down from 7.8 percent in July and up from 7.3 percent in August 2015;

• Houma: 7.0 percent, down from 7.2 percent in July and up from 5.7 percent in August 2015;

• Lafayette: 7.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent in July and up from 6.5 percent in August 2015;

• Lake Charles: 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in July and unchanged from August 2015;

• Monroe: 6.7 percent, down from 6.8 percent in July and down from 6.8 percent in August 2015;

• New Orleans: 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent in July and up from 6.1 percent in August 2015;

• Shreveport: 7.1 percent, down from 7.3 percent in July and up from 7.0 percent in August 2015.

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.

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