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Date:December 21, 2010
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Unemployment Rates Drop in All Metro Areas in State

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

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down from 8.1 percent in October to 7.7 percent in November. The U.S. rate increased from 9.0 percent to 9.3 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 November:

• Alexandria, 7.3 percent, down from 7.6 percent in October

• Baton Rouge, 7.7 percent, down from 8.0 percent

• Houma, 5.7 percent, down from 6.0 percent

• Lafayette, 6.2 percent, down from 6.6 percent

• Lake Charles, 7.2 percent, down from 7.4 percent

• Monroe, 8.2 percent, down from 8.5 percent

• New Orleans, 7.6 percent, down from 8.1 percent

• Shreveport, 7.3 percent, down from 7.7 percent

The not seasonally adjusted number of private sector jobs in Louisiana continued to grow in November. The state gained 25,800 private sector jobs since November 2009, while government jobs have declined by 3,000. The net gain of 22,800 jobs for the year brings the total number of nonfarm jobs in Louisiana to 1,916,500. The November total is 3,600 more than last month. The estimates are based on a BLS sample survey of employers.

“The statewide growth is being shared in every one of our metro areas. The broad-based improvement in private sector jobs is great news," LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said.

The education and health services industry sector has had the largest over-the-year gain, with 9,400 more jobs than in November 2009. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector is second in annual job growth, with 6,300 more jobs than last year.

Among the state’s MSAs, New Orleans had the largest gain of nonfarm jobs over the month and over the year. New Orleans added 1,500 jobs from October to November, with an annual gain of 4,500 jobs. Other MSAs with annual job gains are Lafayette, 2,300 more jobs than in November 2009; Lake Charles, 1,400 more jobs over last year; Shreveport, 1,200 more jobs; and Alexandria, 600 more jobs. Baton Rouge had a monthly gain of 1,200 jobs, but an over-the-year loss of 900 jobs. Houma and Monroe both had declines in jobs for the month and year.

For more detailed information on November 2010 employment data for Louisiana, access and select Labor Market Information from the top right-hand menu. Under LMI Products 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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