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Date:June 27, 2013
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Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment up in May

BATON ROUGE — Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment grew in Louisiana in May to 1,956,800, with the private sector growing by 1.6 percent over the year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment increased by 19,400 over the year and 4,500 over the month.

Private sector employers continued to account for the growth, with 24,600 private sector jobs added over the year and 5,700 jobs added over the month. Those not seasonally adjusted gains offset losses in total government employment, which was 347,800 in May, down 5,200 over the year and 1,200 over the month.

“The key trend is that private sector employers are continuing to hire and create new jobs, while some major industries are ramping up for expansions,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink.

The BLS uses a survey of more than 6,000 employers around the state to calculate nonfarm employment. The survey queries employers on the number of people working in their place of work, and captures a broad cross section of industry sectors.

The BLS uses a separate survey of about 600 households to estimate the civilian labor force and to compute the unemployment rate for metro areas and the state as well as the civilian labor force. In May, the state’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people employed plus those looking for work – grew to 2,107,914, an increase of 17,800 over the year and 24,260 over the month.

The number of employed grew to 1,961,135 in May, up 7,500 over the year and 6,525 over the month. The number of unemployed was 146,779, up 10,300 over the year and 17,735 over the month.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.0 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over the year and 0.8 percent over the month. The national rate in May was 7.3 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percent over the year and an increase of 0.2 percent over the month.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased over the year in all Louisiana metropolitan statistical areas:

• Alexandria, 7.0 percent, up from 6.5 percent in May 2012;

• Baton Rouge, 6.8 percent, up from 6.5 percent;

• Houma, 5.1 percent, up from 4.7 percent;

• Lafayette, 5.3 percent, up from 4.9 percent;

• Lake Charles, 6.3 percent, up from 6.2 percent;

• Monroe, 7.5 percent, up from 7.0 percent;

• New Orleans, 7.0 percent, up from 6.6 percent;

• Shreveport, 7.3 percent, up from 6.5 percent.

Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at and create a HiRE account which will provide access to thousands of qualified job seekers. Individuals looking for jobs in high-value careers should go to Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free job search tool, at

A mobile version of Louisiana Star Jobs is now available at

For more detailed information on the May 2013 employment data for Louisiana, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage 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.

To view the BLS nonfarm estimates for the state, click here:

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