Date:July 24, 2009
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Louisiana Private Sector Jobs Increase in June

BATON ROUGE – The number of private sector jobs in Louisiana grew by 700 from May to June, led by increases in most major industry sectors, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced today.

The job gains were offset largely by a drop in education jobs at the end of school year, which pushed up the unemployment rate and resulted in an overall decline in the number of available nonfarm jobs.

Not seasonally adjusted (NSA) nonfarm jobs in Louisiana declined by 1,800 from May to June 2009, bringing the total number of jobs in the state to 1,932,200. Over the year, the state experienced a drop of 14,800 nonfarm jobs mostly because of declines in the manufacturing sector.

“We expect declines in education jobs every June and we’ll probably see something similar again next month, just as we do every year in the summer. The drop last month was smaller than the drop in June 2008,” LWC Executive Director Tim Barfield said. “Despite that seasonal effect, the private sector gains in people working are a very positive sign for our economy and that’s encouraging.”

Preliminary not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment for June 2009 increased in the following sectors: construction, 141,100, up from 140,400 employed in May; trade, transportation, and utilities, 378,200, up from 377,700; information, 27,500, up from 27,000; professional and business services, 202,600, up from 201,700; leisure and hospitality, 199,800, up from 199,100; mining and logging (formerly natural resources and mining), 52,600, up from 52,300; and other services, 70,400, up from 69,800.

Preliminary not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased over the month in the following sectors: manufacturing, 144,500, down from 144,800; financial activities, 91,600, down 500 from May’s figure; education and health services, 257,100, down from 259,800; and government, 366,800, down 2,500 from last month. Nonfarm statistics are estimated from an employer-based sample survey by place of work.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June 2009 was 7.8 percent, up from the May 2009 revised rate of 6.3 percent and the year-ago figure of 5.1 percent. The State’s June rate compares favorably to the nation, which had a rate in June of 9.7 percent, up from the May rate of 9.1 percent. The seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate for the state, released last Friday, was 6.8 percent, a 0.2 percent increase from May. This June unemployment rate ranked Louisiana ninth best in the nation.

A separate survey of households is used to estimate Louisiana’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work. This survey in June showed a labor force of 2,105,796, up from the May revised figure of 2,066,031. The number of employed in June was 1,942,328, up from 1,935,905 in May. The number of unemployed in Louisiana in June 2009 rose to 163,468 from 130,126 in May. As the school year ends, high school and college students enter the labor force as unemployed to look for summer jobs. This is especially evident in the June and July labor force statistics that are estimated from a sample survey by place of residence.

Among the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), the Alexandria and the Baton Rouge MSAs gained jobs over the month as each posted an increase of 300. Losses over the month in several of the MSA areas can be attributed to the seasonal decline in education payroll employment. The only MSA to show an over-the-year job increase was Baton Rouge where payrolls grew by 500.

Lafourche Parish had the lowest unemployment rate of 5.2 percent last month while West Carroll Parish had the highest rate at 17.0 percent. Please see page three for the MSA rates.

For more detailed information on June 2009 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information. Then select Monthly Employment Bulletin – Workforce At A Glance or Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release for the latest monthly nonfarm and labor force data.

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