BATON ROUGE – Data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) show that the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased from 2,007,861 in June 2018 to 2,013,742 in June 2019, an increase of 5,881. Since May 2019, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals has increased by 5,719.
The not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 33,133 from 2,093,896 in May 2019 to 2,127,029 in June 2019.
From June 2018, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals has decreased from 130,667 to 113,287, a net decrease of 17,380.
Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.8 percentage points from 6.1 percent in June 2018 to 5.3 percent in June 2019. Historically, the over the month May to June not seasonally adjusted rate increase average is 1.2 percent. This over the month not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increase typically seen from May to June is due primarily to summer employment trends in the education and government sectors, particularly in higher education.
This is the fourth straight month that the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in all Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) has declined over the year. Historically, the over the month May to June not seasonally adjusted rate increase average for all MSAs is 1.1 percent. Not-seasonally adjusted June 2019 unemployment rates for the nine MSAs are as follows:
• Alexandria: 5.7 percent, up from 4.4 percent in May but down from 6.6 percent in June 2018.
• Baton Rouge: 4.9 percent, up from 3.7 percent in May, but down from 5.5 percent in June 2018.
• Hammond: 6.2 percent, up from 4.6 percent in May, but down from 7.0 percent in June 2018.
• Houma: 5.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent in May, but down from 6.1 percent in June 2018.
• Lafayette: 5.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent in May, but down from 6.1 percent in June 2018.
• Lake Charles: 4.3 percent, up from 3.3 percent in May, but down from 4.8 percent in June 2018.
• Monroe: 5.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in May, but down from 6.3 percent in June 2018.
• New Orleans: 5.0 percent, up from 3.8 percent in May, but down from 5.8 percent in June 2018.
• Shreveport: 5.7 percent, up from 4.4 percent in May, but down from 6.5 percent in June 2018.
Resources for employers and job seekers
Jobseekers 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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