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Date:May 26, 2017
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Lafayette & Lake Charles show strong over-the-month gains

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s civilian labor force – people employed and unemployed but seeking a job – grew during April. The not-seasonally-adjusted report showed the state’s labor force increased by 5,797 people over the month to 2,117,468.

“Although Louisiana’s not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly, increases in the civilian labor force and monthly job gains in Lafayette and Houma are early positive indicators of continued job growth,” said Ava Dejoie, Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director.

All of the state’s nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) saw an increase of nonfarm jobs over the month. Lake Charles nonfarm employment is also at a series high. Not-seasonally-adjusted April over-the-month job gains, over-the-year nonfarm job change totals and unemployment rates for the nine (MSAs) are as follows:

• Alexandria: The MSA gained 200 jobs for the month, but is down 800 over the year. 6.1 percent, up from 5.9 percent in March and up from 5.6 percent from April 2016.

• Baton Rouge: The MSA gained 300 jobs over the month and 900 over the year. 4.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in March and up from 4.7 percent from April 2016.

• Hammond: The MSA gained 100 jobs over the month and 600 over the year. 6.2 percent, up from 5.9 percent in March, but down from 6.3 percent from April 2016.

• Houma: The MSA gained 400 jobs over the month, but is down 4,400 over the year. 6.2 percent, unchanged from March, but down from 6.3 percent from April 2016.

• Lafayette: The MSA gained 1,900 jobs over the month, but is down 3,100 over the year. 6.3 percent, unchanged from March, but down from 6.9 percent from April 2016.

• Lake Charles: The MSA gained 1,100 jobs over the month and 5,800 over the year. 4.3 percent, up from 4.1 percent in March, but down from 4.5 percent from April 2016.

• Monroe: The MSA gained 200 jobs over the month and 100 over the year. 5.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in March and up from 5.7 percent from April 2016.

• New Orleans: The MSA gained 1,400 jobs over the month, but is down 1,000 jobs over the year. 5.1 percent, up from 4.9 percent in March, but unchanged from April 2016.

• Shreveport: The MSA gained 100 jobs over the month, but is down 2,600 over the year. 6.0 percent, up from 5.8 percent in March, but unchanged from April 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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