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Date:October 25, 2019
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Not seasonal nonfarm jobs add 10,100 jobs from August; All metro area unemployment rates decline from Sept. 2018 and Aug. 2019

BATON ROUGE – Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 9,200 jobs from 1,980,200 in September 2018 to 1,989,400 jobs in September 2019. From August 2019, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has increased by 10,100 jobs.

Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 10,600 jobs from 1,652,100 in September 2018 to 1,662,700 in September 2019.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.4 percentage points from 4.9 percent in September 2018 to 4.5 percent September 2019. From August 2019, Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also decreased 0.4 percentage points.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work increased by 1,960 from 2,093,336 in September 2018 to 2,095,296 in September 2019. From August 2019, Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force increased by 5,347.

The number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 9,704 from 1,990,366 in September 2018 to 2,000,070 in September 2019. From August 2019, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 12,508.

The number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 7,774 from 102,970 in September 2018 to 95,226 in September 2019. From August 2019, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 7,161.

All nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) saw a decrease in their not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from September 2019 and September 2018. For the seventh month in a row, all not seasonally adjusted MSA rates declined over the year. Not-seasonally adjusted September 2019 unemployment rates for the nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are as follows:

• Alexandria: 5.0 percent, down from 5.4 percent in August, and down from 5.4 percent from September 2018.

• Baton Rouge: 4.2 percent, down from 4.5 percent in August, and down from 4.4 percent from September 2018.

• Hammond: 5.1 percent, down from 5.5 percent in August, and down from 5.5 percent from September 2018.

• Houma: 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent from September 2018.

• Lafayette: 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent from September 2018.

• Lake Charles: 3.7 percent, down from 4.0 percent in August, and down from 3.8 percent from September 2018.

• Monroe: 5.1 percent, down from 5.4 percent in August, and down from 5.3 percent from September 2018.

• New Orleans: 4.2 percent, down from 4.5 percent in August, and down from 4.8 percent from September 2018.

• Shreveport: 4.9 percent, down from 5.2 percent in August, and down from 5.2 percent from September 2018.

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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