BATON ROUGE – In September, the state’s civilian labor force lost 6,822 individuals while the unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, up slightly from 6.3 percent in August 2016. Nonfarm employment fell by 3,300 jobs over the month statewide led by losses in the trade, transportation and utilities and professional and business services sectors. Meanwhile, the state’s construction industry grew by 1,500 jobs in September.
Seasonally-adjusted data showed the following for the state’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs):
• Alexandria was unchanged over the month and lost 200 jobs over the year.
• Baton Rouge lost 100 jobs over the month and gained 8,800 jobs over the year.
• Houma lost 800 jobs over the month and 3,500 jobs over the year.
• Lake Charles gained 200 jobs over the month and 3,500 jobs over the year.
• Monroe gained 100 jobs over the month and 500 jobs over the year, marking 22 consecutive months of over-the-year job growth.
• New Orleans gained 200 jobs over the month and lost 3,300 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 700 jobs over the month and 400 jobs over the year.
• Lafayette gained 400 jobs over the month and lost 7,200 jobs over the year. September was the first month of job gains since March 2016.
• Shreveport lost 900 jobs over the month and 900 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, October 28.
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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