BATON ROUGE – The unemployment rate in Louisiana dropped to 5.9 percent in October, down from 6.7 percent in September, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment rates also fell in all nine of the state’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in October.
Not-seasonally-adjusted data represent a snapshot of employment but are not adjusted for seasonal factors. The Louisiana Workforce Commission released seasonally-adjusted data for the state on November 18.
Not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates for Louisiana’s MSAs in October were as follows:
• Alexandria: 6.1 percent, down from 6.9 percent in September and up from 6.0 percent in October 2015;
• Baton Rouge: 5.0 percent, down from 6.0 percent in September and unchanged from October 2015;
• Hammond: 6.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in September and down from 6.5 percent in October 2015;
• Houma: 6.3 percent, down from 7.1 percent in September and up from 5.7 percent in October 2015;
• Lafayette: 6.7 percent, down from 7.6 percent in September and up from 6.4 percent in October 2015;
• Lake Charles: 4.7 percent, down from 5.5 percent in September and down from 4.9 percent in October 2015;
• Monroe: 5.9 percent, down from 6.6 percent in September and down from 6.1 percent in October 2015;
• New Orleans: 5.4 percent, down from 6.2 percent in September and down from 5.6 percent in October 2015;
• Shreveport: 6.4 percent, down from 7.1 percent in September and down from 6.5 percent in October 2015.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has countless tools to connect job-seekers to employers. Services such as in-person assistance, training opportunities, apprenticeship programs and on-site job fairs are available to the general public throughout the LWC’s 59 local offices throughout the state. The LWC encourages all job-seekers to check our events calendar at http://www.laworks.net/PublicRelations/PR_EventCalendar.asp for upcoming opportunities to connect with hiring employers.
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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