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Date:June 30, 2015
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Louisiana Labor Force and Jobs Grow

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s overall labor force, the number of people employed in the labor force, and nonfarm jobs grew in May, according to not seasonally adjusted data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state’s civilian labor force set a record in May, growing by 9,150 over the month and by 68,168 over the year, according to the not seasonally adjusted data. Those employed in the labor force grew to a record 2,065,471, an increase of 1,546 over the month and 51,387 over the year.

Meanwhile, Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up by 0.3 percentage points over the month to 6.6 percent. The number of people looking for work also increased by 7,604 in May, according to estimates from a BLS survey of 750 Louisiana households.

“These numbers show a continued trend of solid jobs and labor force growth throughout Louisiana for the last four years,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

A separate BLS survey of employers across industries and the state found Louisiana added 7,100 nonfarm jobs in May to bring the not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment total to 1,994,300, making May the fourth highest month in the state’s history.

Private employers added 7,800 jobs over the month and 14,000 jobs over the year. Leisure and hospitality posted the largest over-the-month increase with 3,700 new jobs in May. Education and health services added 1,600 jobs and the manufacturing sector added 1,400 jobs.

Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas, lost 300 jobs over the month and 5,900 jobs over the year.

The Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area added 1,800 nonfarm jobs over the month and 5,900 jobs over the year, making May the 53rd consecutive month of over-the-year increases. Nonfarm employment in the Lake Charles metro area has had 47 consecutive months of over-the-year increases with 5,800 more jobs than last year.

In a typical summer pattern with school letting out, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates rose over the month in all nine Louisiana metro areas:

• Alexandria: 6.9 percent, up from 6.6 percent in April;

• Baton Rouge: 5.7 percent, up from 5.4 percent;

• Hammond: 7.4 percent, up from 7.0 percent;

• Houma, 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent;

• Lafayette: 6.5 percent, up from 6.1 percent;

• Lake Charles: 5.6 percent, up from 5.3 percent;

• Monroe: 7.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent;

• New Orleans: 6.3 percent, up from 6.0 percent;

• Shreveport: 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent.

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, which we released Friday, June 19, are useful for comparisons among states and the nation.

Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net 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 www.laworks.net/stars. A mobile version of Louisiana Star Jobs is also available at m.laworks.net.

To view all available employment data, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at http://www.laworks.net 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.

Connect with the Louisiana Workforce Commission socially at facebook.com/louisianaworks, facebook.com/louisianaworks and linkedin.com/company/louisiana-workforce-commission.

To view the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics for the state, visit http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la. For BLS nonfarm employment data, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=sm.

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