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Date:September 24, 2021
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August unemployment rates down in all 64 parishes

BATON ROUGE, La. – For the second consecutive month, the not seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in all nine of Louisiana’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) and in all 64 parishes decreased both over the month and over the year. Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2021 is 5.5 percent, a decrease of 2.8 percentage points from the August 2020 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.3 percent. The rate also shows a decrease of 0.8 percentage points from the July 2021 rate of 6.3 percent. This information does not account for the impacts of Hurricane Ida.

Since August 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 19,873 from 1,927,224 to 1,947,097 in August 2021. This is the fifth consecutive month with an over-the-year gain. When compared to July 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals decreased by 10,149.

Since August 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 60,500 from 174,030 to 113,530 in August 2021. This is the fifth consecutive month with an over-the-year loss. When compared to July 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 18,836.

The August 2021 not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people employed or looking for work, is 2,060,627, a decrease of 40,627 from the August 2020 figure of 2,101,254. The series is down 28,985 individuals from the July 2021 revised figure of 2,089,612.

Not seasonally adjusted August 2021 unemployment rates for Louisiana’s nine MSAs are as follows:

• Alexandria: 3.8 percent, down from 4.3 percent in July and down from 6.1 percent in August 2020.

• Baton Rouge: 5.0 percent, down from 5.8 percent in July and down from 7.4 percent in August 2020.

• Hammond: 6.4 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July and down from 9.7 percent in August 2020.

• Houma: 4.6 percent, down from 5.2 percent in July and down from 7.1 percent in August 2020.

• Lafayette: 4.9 percent, down from 5.6 percent in July and down from 7.7 percent in August 2020.

• Lake Charles: 5.5 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July and down from 8.6 percent in August 2020.

• Monroe: 4.9 percent, down from 5.5 percent in July and down from 7.3 percent in August 2020.

• New Orleans: 6.6 percent, down from 7.6 percent in July and down from 9.8 percent in August 2020.

• Shreveport: 5.3 percent, down from 6.1 percent in July and down from 8.1 percent in August 2020.

Since August 2020, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 42,000 jobs from 1,799,100 to 1,841,100 in August 2021. When compared to July 2021, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 3,000 jobs.

Since August 2020, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 47,200 jobs from 1,489,000 to 1,536,200 in August 2021. When compared to July 2021, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment decreased by 400 jobs.

Industries that showed the largest gains for not seasonally adjusted jobs for August 2021:

Leisure and Hospitality gained 24,700 jobs from August 2020.

Education and Health Services gained 8,800 jobs from August 2020.

Professional and Business Services gained 6,900 jobs from August 2020.

Construction gained 2,800 jobs from August 2020.

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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