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Date:November 25, 2019
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Number of jobs and employed individuals increase from last month

BATON ROUGE – Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment gained 4,100 jobs from 1,998,200 in October 2018 to 2,002,300 in October 2019. From September 2019, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 12,400 jobs.

Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment gained 5,900 jobs from 1,666,100 in October 2018 to 1,672,000 in October 2019. From September 2019, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 8,800 jobs.

The not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 7,473 from 2,095,218 in September 2019 to 2,102,691 in October 2019.

The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 3,584 from 2,000,060 in September 2019 to 2,003,644 in October 2019.

Not-seasonally adjusted October unemployment rates for the nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are as follows:

• Alexandria: 5.0 percent, unchanged from 5.0 percent in September, but down from 5.1 percent from October 2018.

• Baton Rouge: 4.3 percent, up from 4.2 percent in September, and up from 4.2 percent from October 2018.

• Hammond: 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in September, and up from 5.1 percent from October 2018.

• Houma: 4.6 percent, up from 4.4 percent in September, but unchanged from 4.6 percent from October 2018.

• Lafayette: 4.6 percent, up from 4.5 percent in September, but unchanged from 4.6 percent from October 2018.

• Lake Charles: 3.8 percent, unchanged from 3.8 percent in September, but up from 3.5 percent from October 2018.

• Monroe: 5.4 percent, up from 5.1 percent in September and up from 5.1 percent from October 2018.

• New Orleans: 4.4 percent, up from 4.2 percent in September, but unchanged from 4.4 percent from October 2018.

• Shreveport: 5.2 percent, up from 4.9 percent in September, and up from 5.0 percent from October 2018.

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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