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Date:January 3, 2019
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Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreases statewide; declines in all metro areas for fifth straight month

BATON ROUGE – Not seasonally adjusted data released last week by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 4.5 percent from October 2018.

The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 1,547 from October 2018 to 2,012,226. The number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 4,055 to 94,454 from October 2018.

From October 2018, all nine Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) saw a decline in their not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. This is the fifth straight month unemployment rates have declined over the month for all MSAs.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates are below:

• Alexandria: 5.0 percent, down from 5.1 percent in October, but up from 4.6 percent from November 2017.

• Baton Rouge: 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in October, but up from 3.7 percent from November 2017.

• Hammond: 4.9 percent, down from 5.0 percent in October, but up from 4.5 percent from November 2017.

• Houma: 4.6 percent, down from 4.7 percent in October, but up from 4.4 percent from November 2017.

• Lafayette: 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in October, but up from 4.4 percent from November 2017.

• Lake Charles: 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent in October, but up from 3.3 percent from November 2017.

• Monroe: 5.0 percent, down from 5.1 percent in October, but up from 4.4 percent from November 2017.

• New Orleans: 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent in October, but up from 4.0 percent from November 2017.

• Shreveport: 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in October, but up from 4.6 percent from November 2017.

Resources for employers and job seekers

Job-seekers can explore careers, apply for top-rated jobs and connect with local training providers using Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career tool, at http://www.laworks.net/Stars/. Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net. Click on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) and create an account allowing access to qualified job seekers.

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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