News
Date:May 17, 2019
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate and number of unemployed hits record low
Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, lowest since May 2008

BATON ROUGE – Data released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) for April 2019 shows that Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 decreased to 3.5 percent – down from the March 2019 revised rate of 3.8 percent. This is the lowest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana in series history.

The number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 7,650 from 80,404 in March 2019, to 72,754 in April 2019. This is the lowest number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals for Louisiana in series history. Since April 2018, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals has decreased by 21,614.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.5 percent – down 0.2 percentage points from March 2019’s rate of 4.7 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not been this low since May 2008. This is the 11th straight month the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not increased over the month.

The number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 4,265 from March 2019 to 94,772 in April 2019. Since April 2018, the number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals has decreased by 8,954.

The number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 1,937 from 2,002,989 in March 2019 to 2,004,926 in April 2019. Since April 2018, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 725.

“Louisiana’s economy continues to grow, and we are headed in a positive direction under Governor John Bel Edwards’ leadership,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie. “In the months ahead, as more displaced Louisiana job-seekers return to work, the LWC will remain ready and steadfast to assist those in search of a family-sustaining career.”

For April 2019, Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has added jobs over the year for the past 14 months in a row. From April 2018, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 1,100 jobs to 1,983,400.

Seasonally adjusted private sector employment for April 2019 has also added jobs over the year for the past 14 months, and has increased by 2,800 jobs since April 2018 to 1,656,800.

Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs in April 2019:

• Professional and Business Services gained 2,300 jobs from April 2018 and 3,300 jobs from March 2019.

• Education and Health Services gained 9,100 jobs from April 2018 and 1,100 jobs from March 2019. The Education and Health Services sector is at a series high for employment at 323,100 jobs.

• Leisure and Hospitality gained 4,200 jobs from April 2018, but lost 100 jobs from March 2019.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

Among Louisiana’s MSAs for April 2019, seasonally adjusted data shows:

• Alexandria lost 400 jobs from April 2018, but gained 100 jobs from March 2019.

• Baton Rouge lost 100 jobs from April 2018 and 1,300 jobs from March 2019.

• Hammond gained 300 jobs from April 2018, but remained unchanged from March 2019.

• Houma lost 2,500 jobs from April 2018 and 500 jobs from March 2019.

• Lafayette gained 1,300 jobs from April 2018, but lost 600 jobs from March 2019.

• Lake Charles gained 600 jobs from April 2018 and 300 jobs from March 2019.

• Monroe lost 300 jobs from April 2018 and 500 jobs from March 2019.

• New Orleans gained 9,100 jobs from April 2018 and 1,600 jobs from March 2019.

• Shreveport lost 2,000 jobs from April 2018 and 400 jobs from March 2019.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Data

The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 5,536 to 2,015,835 in April 2019, from 2,010,299 in March 2019. Since April 2018, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 4,006.

April metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and parish unemployment rates will be released on May 24, 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 not 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 http://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.

Note: This revision date does not reflect the revision date of the press release shown. Press Release postings are updated as needed and should be considered accurate as shown.