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Date:December 16, 2016
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

More jobs, fewer unemployed Louisianians in November

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana added 600 nonfarm jobs in November while the state’s unemployment rate declined from 6.3 percent to 6.2 percent over the month, according to seasonally-adjusted data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Leisure and hospitality had the largest over-the-month gain with 1,800 new jobs in November. Trade, transportation and utilities added 1,300 jobs over the month. The construction industry gained 400 jobs in November, marking three consecutive months of over-the-month and over-the-year gains. Mining and logging, which encompasses the oil and gas industry, lost 900 jobs in November and 5,400 jobs over the past year.

“Higher oil prices have not trickled into employment gains in Louisiana,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Executive Director Ava Dejoie. “We expect gains in the coming year if this trend of higher prices continues.”

Seasonally-adjusted data showed the following for the state’s MSAs:

• Alexandria lost 500 jobs over the month and 500 jobs over the year.

• Baton Rouge lost 1,400 jobs over the month and gained 10,500 jobs over the year.

• Houma lost 800 jobs over the month and 2,000 jobs over the year.

• Lake Charles lost 100 jobs over the month and gained 2,100 jobs over the year.

• Monroe lost 400 jobs over the month and gained 600 jobs over the year.

• New Orleans gained 1,300 jobs over the month and 3,900 jobs over the year.

The BLS does not report seasonally-adjusted data for Hammond, Lafayette and Shreveport because of changes in those areas’ demographics. Not-seasonally-adjusted data for October showed:

• Hammond was unchanged over the month and over the year.

• Lafayette lost 600 jobs over the month and 7,200 jobs over the year.

• Shreveport gained 600 jobs over the month and lost 1,400 jobs over the year.

Seasonally-adjusted data are useful for comparisons among states and the nation while not-seasonally-adjusted data are useful for comparing trends in parishes and metropolitan statistical areas, and for comparison to the state.

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:

The LWC works tirelessly to connect quality job-seekers with valued employer partners. Last month, thanks to partnerships with Representative Ted James, Senator Regina Barrow and Baton Rouge Councilwoman Erika Green, 258 individuals were placed into temporary, disaster-related jobs. Workers are providing humanitarian assistance and conducting clean-up activities on public property in affected parishes.

Job-seekers and employers are encouraged to register with the LWC’s HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) re-employment system at Employers can post jobs, conduct detailed résumé searches and access training incentives while job-seekers can file for unemployment assistance and search for jobs specific to their needs and qualifications.

The LWC will release not-seasonally-adjusted civilian labor force data for all MSAs on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

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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