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Date:December 30, 2014
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Louisiana labor force, number employed grew over the year in November,

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s civilian labor force grew by 83,212 over the year to 2,185,988 in November, according to not seasonally adjusted November data released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The number of people employed in the labor force was 2,047,692, the second-highest mark on record. The number of people unemployed but seeking work was 138,296, based on estimates from a monthly survey of 750 Louisiana households by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We’ve seen strong labor force growth in recent months, which is what Louisiana employers need,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “Our forecasts show robust job growth in much of the state for the foreseeable future.”

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployed rate was 6.3 percent in November, up 1.3 percentage points from a year earlier and an increase of a 0.4 percentage point from October 2014. The national rate in November was 5.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent over the year and unchanged from the previous month.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates rose over the year in Louisiana’s eight metro areas as follows:

Alexandria: 6.8 percent, up from 5.2 percent in November 2013;

Baton Rouge: 5.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent;

Houma, 4.5 percent, up from 3.4 percent;

Lafayette: 4.9 percent, up from 3.8 percent;

Lake Charles: 5.6 percent, up from 4.6 percent;

Monroe: 6.8 percent, up from 5.3 percent;

New Orleans: 6.4 percent, up from 5.0 percent;

Shreveport: 6.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent.

A separate BLS survey of 6,000 employers across industries and the state found total nonfarm employment was 1,998,300 in November, not seasonally adjusted data show. That figure reflects an increase of 18,700 jobs over the year.

Private employers added 24,900 jobs over the year, not seasonally adjusted data show. Professional and business services added 8,000 jobs over the year, leading all sectors. Other sectors with strong gains included education and health services, with 5,700 more jobs; construction, which was up 4,600 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities with 4,200 jobs added, and leisure and hospitality which added 2,400 jobs.

The government sector lost 6,200 jobs over the year, the most of any sector, including the loss of 4,100 state jobs and 2,000 local government jobs. Other sectors with over-the-year declines were information, which lost 1,100 jobs, mining and logging, down 600, and other services which was down 400.

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 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.

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