Date:January 31, 2020
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Nonfarm and private sector employment add jobs from last year

BATON ROUGE – 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.

Not-seasonally adjusted December unemployment rates for the nine metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) are as follows:

• Alexandria: 5.5 percent, up from 5.3 percent in November and up from 5.0 percent from December 2018.

• Baton Rouge: 4.5 percent, up from 4.4 percent in November and up from 3.9 percent from December 2018.

• Hammond: 5.6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in November and up from 5.2 percent from December 2018.

• Houma: 4.7 percent, unchanged from 4.7 percent in November and up from 4.2 percent from December 2018.

• Lafayette: 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in November and up from 4.3 percent from December 2018.

• Lake Charles: 4.3 percent, up from 4.0 percent in November and up from 3.4 percent from December 2018.

• Monroe: 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in November and up from 5.0 percent from December 2018.

• New Orleans: 4.4 percent, unchanged from 4.4 percent in November, but up from 4.0 percent from December 2018.

• Shreveport: 5.4 percent, up from 5.3 percent in November and up from 4.7 percent from December 2018.

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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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