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Date:November 27, 2013
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Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate falls for two months

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped in September and October, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today. In addition, the unemployment rates in all eight Louisiana metro areas improved over the month.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.1 percent in October, down from 6.5 percent in September and 7.1 percent in August. The comparable rate for October 2012 was 5.7 percent.

The national not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October was 7.0 percent, unchanged from September, down from 7.3 percent in August, and down from 7.5 percent in October 2012.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – an estimate of the total number of people working plus those looking for work – was 2,090,683 in October, down 14,536 over the year and 13,623 over the month.

The estimated number of employed was 1,962,445 in October, down 21,930 over the year and 4,844 over the month. The number of unemployed in October was 128,238, up 7,394 over the year but down 8,779 over the month.

The BLS estimates the civilian labor force and unemployment rates from a survey of 750 households. A separate survey of 6,000 employers spread across industries and the state is used to estimate nonfarm employment.

Statewide, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 1,972,800 in October, up 30,700 over the year. Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 36,300 over the year, to 1,623,800 in October.

Not seasonally adjusted data are useful for comparing trends in parishes and metropolitan statistical areas, and for comparing them to the state. Seasonally adjusted data, on the other hand, are useful for comparisons among states and the nation.

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

This table shows not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Louisiana’s eight metro areas, including previously unreleased revised data for September.

METRO AREA; OCTOBER 2013 Preliminary; SEPTEMBER 2013 Revised; OCTOBER 2012 Revised; SEPTEMBER 2012 Revised

Alexandria; 6.2 percent; 6.6 percent; 5.7 percent; 5.8 percent

Baton Rouge; 5.8; 6.3; 5.5; 5.7

Houma; 4.2; 4.3; 4.0; 4.0

Lafayette; 4.6; 4.8; 4.2; 4.1

Lake Charles; 5.4; 5.8; 5.1; 5.2

Monroe; 6.5; 6.8; 6.2; 6.4

New Orleans; 6.3; 6.7; 5.9; 6.3

Shreveport; 6.6; 6.9; 6.1; 6.1

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 use Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career exploration and job search tool, at

A mobile version of Louisiana Star Jobs is also available at

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 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 labor force estimates for the state, click here:

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