Date:May 27, 2016
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Unemployment rates fall in all metro areas

BATON ROUGE – Unemployment rates fell in all nine of Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in April, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Not-seasonally-adjusted data represent a snapshot of employment but are not adjusted for seasonal factors. The not-seasonally-adjusted rate for Louisiana in April was 5.8 percent, down from 6.1 percent in March as the number of people without a job but actively seeking one fell by 6,997. The LWC released seasonally-adjusted data for the state on May 20.

Not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates for Louisiana’s MSAs in April were as follows:

• Alexandria: 5.7 percent, down from 6.2 percent in March;

• Baton Rouge: 4.8 percent, down from 5.0 percent;

• Hammond: 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent;

• Houma: 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent;

• Lafayette: 6.9 percent, down from 7.1 percent;

• Lake Charles: 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent;

• New Orleans: 5.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent;

• Shreveport: 6.2 percent, down from 6.5 percent.

To view all available employment data, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at and select Labor Market Information from the top-right menu. Then, select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and select Employment and Wage Data listed under Data Trends. To view the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics for the state, visit For BLS nonfarm employment data, click here:

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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