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Date:September 20, 2019
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm and private sector employment add jobs from July 2019 and August 2018

BATON ROUGE – Preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 1,000 jobs from 1,985,600 in August 2018 to 1,986,600 in August 2019. From July 2019, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased over the month by 4,800 jobs. This is the second consecutive month that seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has added jobs over the month.

BLS July 2019 figures show that Louisiana seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment showed a revised over the month increase of 800 jobs from 1,981,000 in June 2019 to 1,981,800 in July 2019.

Seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,000 jobs from 1,655,800 in August 2018 to 1,659,800 in August 2019. This is the 18th straight month that seasonally adjusted private sector employment has added jobs over the year. From July 2019, seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,000 jobs. This is the second consecutive month that seasonally adjusted private sector employment has added jobs over the month.

“Both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted nonfarm and private sector employment gained jobs over the month and from this time last year,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie. “Likewise, seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted figures show the number of unemployed individuals decreased over the month and from this time last year. This in addition to Louisiana’s unemployment rate remaining at an 11 year low. The LWC is hosting hiring events every day at its 62 offices across the state, and our Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) system has over 70,000 job vacancies. Our work is never complete, but each and every day we put people to work.”

For the fifth straight month, Louisiana’s economy remained at full employment with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has decreased 0.6 percentage points from August 2018’s rate of 4.9 percent. Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains unchanged from July 2019.

The number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 13,694 from 103,867 in August 2018 to 90,173 in August 2019. From July 2019, the number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 75. The number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 7,679 from 1,996,417 in August 2018 to 2,004,096 in August 2019. From July 2019, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals decreased by 1,500. Total employed totals, unlike nonfarm and private figures, include workers in both agricultural and nonagricultural industries.

Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs:

• Education and Health Services gained 11,100 jobs from August 2018, and 2,900 jobs from July 2019.

- The Education and Health Services sector is at a series high for employment at 326,500 jobs.

• Health Care and Social Assistance sub-sector gained 10,500 jobs from August 2018 and 2,900 jobs from July 2019.

- The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is also at a series high for employment at 279,300 jobs.

• Other Services, which includes industries engaged in activities such as equipment and machinery repair services, gained 2,000 jobs from August 2018 and 300 jobs from July 2019.

• Professional and Business Services gained 1,900 jobs from August 2018 and 100 jobs from July 2019.

• Information gained 200 jobs from August 2018 and 500 jobs from July 2019.

• Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 400 jobs from August 2018 and 400 jobs from July 2019.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

Among Louisiana’s MSAs, seasonally adjusted data shows:

• Alexandria remained unchanged from August 2018 and unchanged from July 2019.

• Baton Rouge gained 1,800 jobs from August 2018 and 2,000 jobs from July 2019.

• Hammond gained 200 jobs from August 2018 and 300 jobs from July 2019.

• Houma lost 2,800 jobs from August 2018 and 200 jobs from July 2019.

• Lafayette gained 2,200 jobs from August 2018 and 300 jobs from July 2019.

• Lake Charles gained 600 jobs from August 2018, but remained unchanged from July 2019.

• Monroe lost 200 jobs from August 2018, but gained 200 jobs from July 2019.

• New Orleans gained 9,100 jobs from August 2018 and 1,800 jobs from July 2019.

• Shreveport lost 3,300 jobs from August 2018 and 200 jobs from July 2019.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Data

The number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 11,734 from 114,224 in August 2018 to 102,490 in August 2019. From July 2019, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 7,679. The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 2,249 from 1,985,692 in August 2018 to 1,987,941 in August 2019.

Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 1,500 jobs from 1,978,700 in August 2018 to 1,980,200 in August 2019. From July 2019 not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 7,600 jobs.

Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 3,700 jobs from 1,659,900 in August 2018 to 1,663,600 in August 2019. From July 2019 not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,200 jobs.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.5 percentage points from 5.4 percent in August 2018 to 4.9 percent in August 2019. From July 2019, Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percentage points.

The not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work decreased 29,011 from 2,119,442 in July 2019 to 2,090,431 in August 2019. This decrease is in line with historical trends during this time frame which on average is a net decrease of 25,403.

August metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and parish unemployment rates will be released on September 27, 2019. For additional state and MSA data release dates, please click here.

Seasonally Adjusted vs. Not Seasonally Adjusted Data

Jobs and employment trends data are often difficult to understand because there are two different ways to look at the data, seasonally or not seasonally adjusted data.

Seasonal adjustment works to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment figures change from month to month. Not seasonally adjusted data retains seasonal employment trends.

Over the course of a year, the labor force size, available jobs and employment rates undergo predictable fluctuations due to seasonal changes in weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules. Seasonal adjustment reduces the impact of these changes, making it easier to understand trends. Seasonally adjusted data is best utilized when comparing several months of employment and jobs data, while not seasonally adjusted data is best used to compare over-the-year trends. Seasonally adjusted data are useful for comparisons among states and the nation.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission primarily uses seasonally adjusted data because it provides a more useful and telling picture of Louisiana’s jobs and employment situation.

To view all available employment data, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at http://www.laworks.net 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 http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la. For BLS nonfarm employment data, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=sm.

Resources for employers and job seekers

Job-seekers can explore careers, apply for top-rated jobs and connect with local training providers using Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career tool, at http://www.laworks.net/Stars/. Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net. Click on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) and create an account allowing access to qualified job seekers.

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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