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Date:December 27, 2013
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Unemployment rate improves statewide and in all metro areas in November

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved for the third consecutive month in November to 5.6 percent, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today.

The November rate improved over the month in all eight of the state’s metro areas. The not seasonally adjusted statewide rate declined 0.5 percent from October, while the national rate declined 0.4 percent over the month to 6.6 percent in November.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates declined over the month in all parishes except Franklin, Grant and West Carroll. The rates in November for Louisiana’s eight MSAs were:

Alexandria: 5.8 percent, down from 6.2 percent in October 2013;

Baton Rouge: 5.4 percent, down from 5.8 percent;

Houma-Thibodaux: 3.9 percent, down from 4.2 percent;

Lafayette: 4.2 percent, down from 4.6 percent;

Lake Charles: 5.0 percent, down from 5.4 percent;

Monroe: 6.0 percent, down from 6.5 percent;

New Orleans: 5.7 percent, down from 6.3 percent;

Shreveport: 6.1 percent, down from 6.6 percent.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the unemployment rate and the civilian labor force from a survey of 750 households.

Louisiana’s civilian labor force – an estimate of the total number of people working plus those looking for work – was 2,098,769 in November, not seasonally adjusted data show. That’s an increase of 13,349 over the year and 8,245 over the month.

The number of people employed in November was 1,980,260, down 2,609 over the year but up 17,934 over the month. The number of unemployed in November was 118,509, up 15,958 over the year but down 9,689 over the month.

A separate BLS survey of 6,000 employers spread across industries and the state is used to estimate nonfarm employment.

Statewide, not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment was 1,977,100 in November, up 20,200 over the year. Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment in November increased by 25,600 over the year to 1,627,200. Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment improved over the year in all metro areas except Baton Rouge and Monroe, where it declined by 100 and 400, respectively.

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.

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 nonfarm estimates for the state, click here:

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