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Date:May 25, 2011
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Unemployment Rate Drops in All Metro Areas in State

BATON ROUGE – Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for the state and in all metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) decreased in April, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down from 8.0 percent in March to 7.4 percent in April. The U.S. rate decreased from 9.2 percent to 8.7 percent. The unemployment rate is developed based on data gathered from a sample survey of residences by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.)

Unemployment rates for the MSAs in April:

Alexandria, 7.0 percent, down from 7.7 percent

Baton Rouge, 7.6 percent, down from 8.2 percent

Houma, 5.4 percent, down from 5.8 percent

Lafayette, 5.8 percent, down from 6.3 percent

Lake Charles, 6.8 percent, down from 7.2 percent

Monroe, 7.6 percent, down from 8.5 percent

New Orleans, 7.2 percent, down from 7.9 percent

Shreveport, 6.6 percent, down from 7.1 percent

The household survey estimates Louisiana’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – decreased 5,531 over the month to 2,047,300. The not seasonally adjusted estimate shows the number of people employed in April was 1,896,213, up 7,797 from March. The number of unemployed in April was 151,087, down 13,328 from March.

A separate BLS survey of Louisiana employers showed the state had an increase of 13,100 not seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the month, for a total of 1,903,600 in April and an increase of 14,500 jobs from April 2010. Private industry sectors gained 12,600 jobs over the month and 25,300 over the year, while government shed 10,800 jobs compared to last year.

At the MSA level, the New Orleans MSA added the most jobs over the month in nonfarm employment with an increase of 4,500 jobs. The Shreveport MSA led in annual growth with an additional 5,400 workers.

“Indicators continue to show that employers are adding jobs, with growth in many private industry sectors,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “We continue to be encouraged by what our employer surveys tell us.”

For more detailed information on April 2011 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information from the top right 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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