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Date:December 20, 2019
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Baton Rouge and Hammond metro areas set employment records, Louisiana adds 9,000 jobs from last year

BATON ROUGE – Preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has set another nonfarm employment record at 415,200 jobs for November 2019. The Hammond MSA is also at record nonfarm employment at 46,700 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 9,000 jobs from 1,984,400 in November 2018 to 1,993,400 jobs in November 2019. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has added jobs over the year the past four months. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment is at its highest level since November 2015. From October 2019, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 4,100 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 10,900 jobs from 1,656,900 in November 2018 to 1,667,800 jobs in November 2019. Seasonally adjusted private sector employment has added jobs over the year for 21 straight months. From October 2019, seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,400 jobs.

The number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 3,140 from 1,996,910 in November 2018 to 2,000,050 in November 2019. The number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 3,727 from 102,439 in November 2018 to 98,712 in November 2019.

“Louisiana is open for business. Two metro areas are at a series high for employment, and total private employment has added jobs over the year for 21 straight months,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie. “The LWC will remain steadfast in its commitment to generate positive growth and continue to place individuals in family-sustaining careers.”

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 3,490 from 2,095,272 in October 2019 to 2,098,762 in November 2019.

Compared to November 2018, Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent in November 2019.

Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs:

• Professional and Business Services gained 3,600 jobs from November 2018 and 500 jobs from October 2019. The Professional and Business Services sector is at series high employment at 216,700 jobs.

• Leisure and Hospitality gained 3,700 jobs from November 2018 and 1,800 jobs from October 2019. The Leisure and Hospitality sector is at series high employment at 240,700 jobs.

• Education and Health Services gained 7,000 jobs from November 2018 and 700 jobs from October 2019.

• Manufacturing gained 4,600 jobs from November 2018 and 1,300 jobs from October 2019.

• Mining and Logging gained 700 jobs from November 2018 and 200 jobs from October 2019.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

Among Louisiana’s MSAs, seasonally adjusted data shows:

• Alexandria gained 200 jobs from November 2018 and 100 jobs from October 2019.

• Baton Rouge gained 4,600 jobs from November 2018 and 1,100 jobs from October 2019. The Baton Rouge MSA is at record employment at 415,200 jobs.

• Hammond gained 1,200 jobs from November 2018 and 200 jobs from October 2019. The Hammond MSA is at record employment at 46,700 jobs.

• Houma lost 1,500 jobs from November 2018 and 200 jobs from October 2019.

• Lafayette gained 800 jobs from November 2018, but lost 900 jobs from October 2019.

• Lake Charles lost 500 jobs from November 2018 and 800 jobs from October 2019.

• Monroe lost 300 jobs from November 2018, but gained 400 jobs from October 2019.

• New Orleans gained 13,100 jobs from November 2018 and 3,400 jobs from October 2019.

• Shreveport lost 200 jobs from November 2018, but gained 1,000 jobs from October 2019.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Data

The number of Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 5,155 from 2,002,468 in October 2019 to 2,007,623 in November 2019.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 8,567 from 2,101,385 in October 2019 to 2,109,952 in November 2019. Since November 2018, Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force increased by 11,008.

November metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and parish unemployment rates will be released on January 3, 2020. 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.

Data Considerations

All data published from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is preliminary and is subject to revision on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. Revised numbers for previous months are available from the BLS databases located on bls.gov. The revised numbers are available upon release of new data.

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.

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