Date:March 12, 2010
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Louisiana Adds Jobs and Unemployment Rate Continues Stable Trend into 2010

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana experienced a 2,800-job increase in seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs from December 2009 to January 2010, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate for January 2010 was 7.4 percent, up slightly from the December 2009 revised rate of 7.3 percent. The preliminary rate for December was 7.5 percent. The state’s unemployment rate has stayed at or near 7.4 percent since July 2009. The January 2010 unemployment rate for the United States was 9.7 percent.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate is tied with Colorado for 14th lowest in the nation and is third lowest in the Southern region. The Southern region rate for January was 9.7 percent. Eight Southern states had unemployment rates more than 10 percent in January. Louisiana was one of 30 states and the District of Columbia with over-the-month unemployment rate increases.

Louisiana’s civilian labor force - the number of people working or looking for work - in January 2010 was 2,074,054, a gain of 6,057 over December 2009. The number of people employed in January increased 3,564 to 1,920,048. The number of unemployed in Louisiana in January 2010 was 154,006, an increase of 2,493 from December 2009. Civilian labor force statistics are estimated from a residential-based sample survey by place of residence.

“This year’s job numbers for January are consistent with the labor pattern seen in previous Januarys,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “Louisiana continues to outperform the South. The number of people in the labor force increased; the unemployment rate held steady. That is encouraging.”

Job gains were spread across most industry sectors for the month: education and health services, 274,100, up 3,600 workers since December; professional and business services, 192,700, up 1,300; trade, transportation, and utilities, 365,200, up 900 jobs; construction, 125,700, up 600; mining and logging, 47,500, up 200; and information, 24,500, up 100 jobs. Financial activities stayed unchanged at 88,400 jobs, and decreases were seen in four sectors: leisure and hospitality, 193,700, down 2,700; manufacturing, 135,500, down 800; other services, 67,500, a decrease of 100; and government, 367,800, down 300 jobs. Nonfarm statistics are estimated from an employer-based sample survey by place of work.

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates are used to compare parishes and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the state. The January 2010 unadjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana was 8.2 percent, up from the revised December 2009 rate of 7.2 percent. Unadjusted employment rates in January typically reflect people leaving seasonal jobs, such as those related to Christmas hires in retail sales and shipping, and temporary student jobs. All eight MSAs showed slightly higher unadjusted unemployment rates.

For more detailed information on January 2010 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information from the top right-hand menu. 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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