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Date:December 22, 2016
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Unemployment rates fall in all La. metro areas for second consecutive month
Rates also drop in 59 of 64 parishes

BATON ROUGE – The unemployment rate in Louisiana dropped to 5.5 percent in November, down from 5.9 percent in October, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Unemployment rates also fell in all nine of the state’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and in 59 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes in November. Last month marks the second consecutive month in which rates fell in all MSAs.

“We remain cautiously optimistic with two consecutive months of lower unemployment in all corners of the state,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Ava Dejoie. “We are working diligently to ensure every hard-working Louisianian can find meaningful employment.”

Not-seasonally-adjusted data represent a snapshot of employment but are not adjusted for seasonal factors. The Louisiana Workforce Commission released seasonally-adjusted data for the state on December 16.

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

• Alexandria: 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in October and up from 5.5 percent in November 2015;

• Baton Rouge: 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent in October and up from 4.5 percent in November 2015;

• Hammond: 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent in October and unchanged from November 2015;

• Houma: 6.0 percent, down from 6.3 percent in October and up from 5.4 percent in November 2015;

• Lafayette: 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in October and up from 6.0 percent in November 2015;

• Lake Charles: 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in October and up from 4.4 percent in November 2015;

• Monroe: 5.7 percent, down from 5.9 percent in October and up from 5.6 percent in November 2015;

• New Orleans: 5.0 percent, down from 5.4 percent in October and down from 5.1 percent in November 2015;

• Shreveport: 6.0 percent, down from 6.4 percent in October and up from 5.9 percent in November 2015.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has countless tools to connect job-seekers to employers. Services such as in-person assistance, training opportunities, apprenticeship programs and on-site job fairs are available to the general public throughout the LWC’s 59 local offices. The LWC hosted more than 20 events around the state to connect eager, qualified job-seekers with the agency’s valued employer partners.

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:

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