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Date:January 24, 2020
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Four months in a row, Baton Rouge metro area sets nonfarm employment record; Hammond maintains employment record

BATON ROUGE – Preliminary data released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has set a fourth consecutive nonfarm employment record in December 2019. The Baton Rouge MSA has added 7,400 jobs since December 2018 and 1,800 jobs from November 2019. Baton Rouge nonfarm employment currently stands at 417,200 jobs. The Hammond MSA maintained its metro area record nonfarm employment at 46,700 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 9,000 jobs from 1,982,200 in December 2018 to 1,991,200 in December 2019. Louisiana seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has now seen five over-the-year consecutive gains. Seasonally adjusted private-sector employment increased by 11,000 jobs from 1,655,000 in December 2018 to 1,666,000 in December 2019. Seasonally adjusted private-sector employment has added jobs over the year for 22 straight months.

“Louisiana continues to place workers into new careers with two metros once again at record highs, and private employment adding jobs over the year for 22 straight months,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie. “As we begin a new year, the LWC will continuously work with job-seekers to put people to work.”

Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs:

• Leisure and Hospitality gained 4,600 jobs from December 2018 and 1,200 jobs from November 2019. Leisure and Hospitality is at an employment high at 241,800 jobs.

• Manufacturing gained 5,000 jobs from December 2018 and 600 jobs from November 2019.

• Mining and Logging gained 1,400 jobs from December 2018 and 900 jobs from November 2019.

• Other Services, which includes industries engaged in activities such as equipment-and-machinery repair services, gained 900 jobs from December 2018 and 100 jobs from November 2019.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

Among Louisiana’s MSAs, seasonally adjusted data shows:

• Alexandria remained unchanged from December 2018, but lost 100 jobs from November 2019.

• Baton Rouge gained 7,400 jobs from December 2018 and 1,800 jobs from November 2019. The Baton Rouge MSA is at an employment record at 417,200 jobs. This is the fourth consecutive month the Baton Rouge MSA has set a record for its employment.

• Hammond gained 900 jobs from December 2018, but remained unchanged from November 2019. The Hammond MSA maintained its nonfarm employment record of 46,700 jobs.

• Houma lost 1,200 jobs from December 2018, but remained unchanged from November 2019.

• Lafayette gained 900 jobs from December 2018 and 700 jobs from November 2019.

• Lake Charles lost 800 jobs from December 2018 and 600 jobs from November 2019.

• Monroe lost 600 jobs from December 2018, but gained 100 jobs from November 2019.

• New Orleans gained 11,300 jobs from December 2018, but lost 700 jobs from November 2019.

• Shreveport lost 2,800 jobs from December 2018 and 2,100 jobs from November 2019.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 2,427 from 2,099,773 in December 2018 to 2,102,200 in December 2019. From November 2019, Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force increased by 3,331.

The number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 1,676 from 1,997,098 in December 2018 to 1,998,774 in December 2019.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Data

Not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 8,300 jobs from 1,991,000 in December 2018 to 1,999,300 in December 2019. Not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 10,700 jobs from 1,659,500 jobs in December 2018 to 1,670,200 jobs in December 2019.

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 8,201 from 2,083,413 in December 2018 to 2,091,614 in December 2019.

December metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and parish unemployment rates will be released on January 31, 2020. 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 non-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.

Data Considerations

All data published from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is preliminary and is subject to revision on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. Revised numbers for previous months are available from the BLS databases located on bls.gov. The revised numbers are available upon release of new data.

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 http://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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