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Date:October 27, 2017
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Unemployment rates decrease statewide

BATON ROUGE – Unemployment rates fell over the past 12 months in all nine of Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in September, according to not-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor & Statistics (BLS).

The not-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana in September was 5.3 percent. This is down from 5.6 percent in August 2017, and down from 6.4 percent in September 2016.

“We are pleased to see our state making progress across the board in regional unemployment rates. This, coupled with the continued decline in the unemployed, is evidence of the gradual revitalization of our workforce taking place,” said Ava Dejoie, Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “Any reduction in joblessness is a shift in the right direction, and we hope to carry this momentum into the foreseeable future.”

Nonfarm employment added 7,300 jobs from August 2017. Additionally, 13,400 jobs were added from the same time a year ago. This is the fifth consecutive month that nonfarm employment has posted gains. Private-sector employment added 18,500 jobs from last year. The private-sector has also had five straight over-the-year increases.

The not-seasonally adjusted number of employed individuals grew by 7,643. The number of unemployed individuals decreased by 7,513 to 110,356.

The not-seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased to 2,090,429.

Not-seasonally adjusted September unemployment rates, over-the-month nonfarm job changes and over-the-year job gain totals for the nine MSAs are as follows:

• Alexandria: 5.8 percent, down from 6.2 percent in August and down from 6.6 percent in September 2016. The MSA lost 100 jobs from August 2017 and 600 jobs from September 2016.

• Baton Rouge: 4.5 percent, down from 5.0 percent in August and down from 5.8 percent in September 2016. The MSA gained 4,900 jobs from August 2017 and 6,200 jobs from September 2016. The Baton Rouge MSA has had nine straight over-the-year increases.

• Hammond: 5.8 percent, down from 6.3 percent in August and down from 7.0 percent in September 2016. The MSA gained 100 jobs from August 2017 and 100 jobs from September 2016. The Hammond MSA has had over-the-year gains for 38 consecutive months.

• Houma: 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in August and down from 7.0 percent in September 2016. The MSA lost 900 jobs from August 2017 and 2,300 jobs from September 2016.

• Lafayette: 5.6 percent, down from 6.0 percent in August and down from 7.4 percent in September 2016. The MSA lost 300 jobs from August 2017 and 1,300 jobs from September 2016.

• Lake Charles: 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in August and down from 4.9 percent in September 2016. The MSA gained 200 jobs from August 2017 and 4,500 jobs from September 2016. The Lake Charles MSA continues its series high for nonfarm employment, and has had over-the-year increases for 75 consecutive months.

• Monroe: 5.4 percent, down from 5.6 percent in August and down from 6.2 percent in September 2016. The MSA lost 100 jobs from August 2017, but is up 300 jobs from September 2016. The Monroe MSA has had 10 straight over-the-year increases.

• New Orleans: 5.0 percent, down from 5.4 percent in August and down from 5.8 percent in September 2016. The MSA gained 1,200 jobs from August 2017 and 600 jobs from September 2016.

• Shreveport: 5.7 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August and down from 6.7 percent in September 2016. The MSA gained 400 jobs from August 2017, but lost 1,400 jobs from September 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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