BATON ROUGE – February 2019 data released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 5,900 jobs from February 2018 to 1,980,100. This is the twelfth consecutive month that seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has added jobs over the year.
February 2019 seasonally adjusted private-sector employment increased by 5,400 jobs from February 2018 to 1,653,500. This is also the twelfth consecutive month seasonally adjusted private sector employment has added jobs over the year.
“For the past twelve months, Louisiana’s economy has shown consistent over-the-year improvement as more residents feel confident in the direction our state is heading,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie. “The LWC will continue its efforts until every last job-seeker in Louisiana has found a family-sustaining career, and is able to contribute to both their local community and the state.”
Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs:
• Manufacturing gained 2,000 jobs from February 2018 and 900 jobs from January 2019.
• Education and Health Services gained 7,300 jobs from February 2018 and 400 jobs from January 2019. The Education and Health Services sector is at an employment record which is currently totaled at 320,900.
• Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 600 jobs from February 2018 and 1,700 jobs from January 2019.
• Mining and Logging gained 100 jobs from February 2018, but lost 100 jobs from January 2019.
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
Among Louisiana’s MSAs, seasonally adjusted data shows:
• Alexandria lost 900 jobs from February 2018 and 100 jobs from January 2019.
• Baton Rouge gained 2,100 jobs from February 2018 and 300 jobs from January 2019.
• Hammond gained 100 jobs from February 2018, but lost 100 jobs from January 2019.
• Houma lost 1,900 jobs from February 2018 and 300 jobs from January 2019.
• Lafayette gained 3,400 jobs from February 2018 and 300 jobs from January 2019.
• Lake Charles lost 200 jobs from February 2018, but remained unchanged from January 2019.
• Monroe gained 400 jobs from February 2018, but lost 100 jobs from January 2019.
• New Orleans gained 8,100 jobs from February 2018, but lost 4,200 jobs from January 2019.
• Shreveport lost 1,000 jobs from February 2018, but gained 100 jobs from January 2019.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent in February 2019. This is the ninth straight month the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not increased.
The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 1,143 from January 2019 to 2,102,555.
The seasonally adjusted number of employed individuals increased by 1,562 from January 2019 to 2,000,261. From January 2019 to February 2019, the number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 419 to 102,294.
Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
The not seasonally adjusted rate decreased from 5.2 percent to 4.4 percent from January 2019.
Not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 15,425 from January 2019 to 92,074.
The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 20,240 from January 2019 to 1,994,523.
February 2019 not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 5,600 jobs to 1,971,100 from February 2018. This is the twelfth straight over-the-year increase for not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment. From January 2019, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 8,900 jobs.
February 2019 not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,600 jobs from February 2018. This is also the twelfth straight over-the-year increase for not seasonally adjusted private sector employment. From January 2019, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,000 jobs to 1,641,400.
February metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and parish unemployment rates will be released on March 29, 2019. For additional state and MSA data release dates, please click here.
Seasonally Adjusted vs. Not-Seasonally Adjusted Data
Jobs and employment trends data are often difficult to understand because there are two different ways to look at the data, seasonally or non-seasonally adjusted data.
Seasonal adjustment works to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment figures change from month to month. Not seasonally adjusted data retains seasonal employment trends.
Over the course of a year, the labor force size, available jobs and employment rates undergo predictable fluctuations due to seasonal changes in weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules. Seasonal adjustment reduces the impact of these changes, making it easier to understand trends. Seasonally adjusted data is best utilized when comparing several months of employment and jobs data, while not seasonally adjusted data is best used to compare over-the-year trends. Seasonally adjusted data are useful for comparisons among states and the nation.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission primarily uses seasonally adjusted data because it provides a more useful and telling picture of Louisiana’s jobs and employment situation.
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.
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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