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Date:May 24, 2019
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Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate and number of employed at series low
All metropolitan statistical area rates decline from March 2019 & April 2018

BATON ROUGE – Data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) for April 2019 shows that Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 decreased to 3.5 percent – down from the March 2019 revised rate of 3.8 percent. This is the lowest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana in series history.

The number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 7,650 from 80,404 in March 2019, to 72,754 in April 2019. This is the lowest number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals for Louisiana in series history. Since April 2018, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals has decreased by 21,614.

The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 5,536 to 2,015,835 in April 2019, from 2,010,299 in March 2019. Since April 2018, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 4,006.

All nine not seasonally adjusted April 2019 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) unemployment rates for Louisiana decreased over the month and over the year for the second straight month. This is the third consecutive month Louisiana’s nine MSAs have declined over the month. The Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lake Charles and New Orleans MSAs all showed record lows for their not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate.

Not seasonally adjusted MSA rates declined from March 2019 and April 2018 in 63 out of Louisiana’s 64 parishes. Not seasonally adjusted April 2019 unemployment rates for the nine MSAs are as follows:

• Alexandria: 3.7 percent, down from 4.2 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.8 percent from April 2018.

• Baton Rouge: 3.1 percent, down from 3.4 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.0 percent from April 2018.

• Hammond: 3.9 percent, down from 4.3 percent in March 2019 and down from 5.0 percent from April 2018.

• Houma: 3.4 percent, down from 3.8 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.6 percent from April 2018.

• Lafayette: 3.4 percent, down from 3.8 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.6 percent from April 2018.

• Lake Charles: 2.8 percent, down from 3.1 percent in March 2019 and down from 3.5 percent from April 2018.

• Monroe: 4.0 percent, down from 4.4 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.8 percent from April 2018.

• New Orleans: 3.2 percent, down from 3.6 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.2 percent from April 2018.

• Shreveport: 3.8 percent, down from 4.1 percent in March 2019 and down from 4.8 percent from April 2018.

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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