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Date:November 22, 2013
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Louisiana’s private sector adds 36,500 jobs over the year
Jobless rate improves in October for second straight month

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s private sector added 36,500 jobs over the year through October, the 38th consecutive month of over-the-year job gains, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The additional jobs helped push total nonfarm employment in Louisiana to 1,966,500 in October, an increase of 30,800 jobs over the year, overcoming a loss of 5,700 government jobs. The jobs data are based on data from a BLS survey of more than 6,000 employers around the state and across industries.

Job growth in construction led all industries in October with an increase of 10,700 jobs over the year, followed by trade, transportation, and utilities which added 10,300 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, which added 7,900 jobs. Federal, state and local government lost the most jobs over the year, followed by education and health services, which lost 1,000 jobs.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate improved in October for the second straight month to 6.5 percent. That’s an improvement of 0.3 percent from the revised September 2013 rate of 6.8 percent, and 0.5 percent better than the revised August rate of 7.0 percent. The October 2012 unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. The unemployment rates are based on a BLS survey of 750 households.

The national unemployment rate in October was 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent in September but down from 7.9 percent a year ago. The Southern region average unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in October.

“These data confirm that our private sector has continued its three-year growth trend,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “The number of jobs is growing, creating more opportunities for Louisianians who want to work in a wide variety of fields.”

The civilian labor force—the total number of people employed plus those looking for work—was 2,085,288 in October, up 2,415 over the year, seasonally adjusted figures show. The number of employed in October was 1,948,922, a decline of 10,511 over the year. The number of unemployed for the month was 136,366, an increase of 12,926 over the year.

The BLS release of employment data today includes revised September 2013 and preliminary October 2013 data. As a result of the partial federal government shutdown in October, BLS did not release preliminary September 2013 data last month.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment for September was 1,957,900, an increase of 36,700 jobs over the year. The state’s private sector employers added 41,100 jobs over the year through September, and total private sector employment was 1,613,300.

September data not released because of the partial federal government shutdown:

Seasonally adjusted; September 2013; September 2012; Over-the-Year Change

Total nonfarm; 1,957,900; 1,921,200; +36,700

Private sector; 1,613,300; 1,572,200; +41,100

Civilian labor force; 2,091,209; 2,080,527; +10,682

Employed; 1,949,177; 1,952,633; -3,456

Unemployed; 142,032; 127,894; +14,138

Unemployment rate; 6.8 percent; 6.1 percent; +0.7 percent

To view all available employment data, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at and select Labor Market Information from the top right-hand menu. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and select Employment and Wage Data listed under Historical Data Analysis.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission will release not seasonally adjusted data for the state’s eight metropolitan areas and parishes on Nov. 27.

Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at and create a HiRE account, which will provide access to 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

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

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