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Date:October 29, 2021
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Unemployment rates fall over the year in all parishes for 5th straight month

BATON ROUGE, La. –Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2021 is 4.9 percent, a decrease of 3.3 percentage points from the September 2020 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.2 percent. The rate also shows a decrease of 0.6 percentage points from the August 2021 revised rate of 5.5 percent. The not seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in all nine of Louisiana’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) and in all 64 parishes decreased over the year for the fifth consecutive month. Among the MSA’s, Lake Charles showed the largest unemployment rate decline from September 2020, dropping by 7.9 percentage points.

Since September 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 31,459 from 1,919,425 to 1,950,884 in September 2021. This is the sixth consecutive month with an over-the-year gain. When compared to August 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 3,822.

Since September 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 69,351 from 170,842 to 101,491 in September 2021. This is the sixth consecutive month with an over-the-year decrease in the number of unemployed. When compared to August 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 11,892.

The September 2021 not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people employed or looking for work, is 2,052,375, a decrease of 37,892 from the September 2020 figure of 2,090,267. The series is down 8,070 individuals from the August 2021 revised figure of 2,060,445.

Not seasonally adjusted September 2021 unemployment rates for Louisiana’s nine MSA’s are as follows:

• Alexandria: 3.4 percent, down from 3.8 percent in August and down from 5.9 percent in September 2020.

• Baton Rouge: 4.2 percent, down from 5.0 percent in August and down from 7.0 percent in September 2020.

• Hammond: 6.0 percent, down from 6.4 percent in August and down from 9.1 percent in September 2020.

• Houma: 5.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in August, but down from 6.9 percent in September 2020.

• Lafayette: 4.2 percent, down from 4.9 percent in August and down from 7.4 percent in September 2020.

• Lake Charles: 4.7 percent, down from 5.5 percent in August and down from 12.6 percent in September 2020.

• Monroe: 4.1 percent, down from 4.9 percent in August and down from 7.0 percent in September 2020.

• New Orleans: 6.1 percent, down from 6.6 percent in August and down from 9.5 percent in September 2020.

• Shreveport: 4.6 percent, down from 5.3 percent in August and down from 7.7 percent in September 2020.

Since September 2020, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 17,700 jobs from 1,797,900 to 1,815,600 in September 2021. When compared to August 2021, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased by 25,000 jobs primarily due to Hurricane Ida.

Since September 2020, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 22,500 jobs from 1,481,800 to 1,504,300 in September 2021. When compared to August 2021, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment decreased by 30,400 jobs.

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

Leisure and Hospitality gained 11,300 jobs from September 2020.

Professional and Business Services gained 8,800 jobs from September 2020.

Education and Health Services gained 5,700 jobs from September 2020.

Other Services gained 1,400 jobs from September 2020.

Mining and Logging gained 1,200 jobs from September 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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