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Date:December 29, 2021
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Unemployment rates continue to fall across the state

BATON ROUGE, La. –Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2021 is 4.1 percent, a decrease of 3.2 percentage points from the November 2020 rate of 7.3 percent. The rate also shows a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from the October 2021 revised rate of 4.3 percent. The not seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate in all nine of Louisiana’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA’s) decreased over the year for the eighth consecutive month. Among the MSA’s, Lake Charles showed the largest unemployment rate decline from November 2020, dropping by 4.9 percentage points.

Since October 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 9,620 from 1,975,304 to 1,984,924 in November 2021. When compared to November 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 40,307.

Since October 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 4,546 from 88,382 to 83,836 in November 2021. When compared to November 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 69,739.

The November 2021 not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people either employed or looking for work, is 2,068,760, an increase of 5,074 from the October 2021 figure of 2,063,686. The series lost 29,432 individuals from the November 2020 revised figure of 2,098,192.

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

Alexandria: 3.0 percent, down from 3.2 percent in October and down from 5.2 percent in November 2020.

Baton Rouge: 3.5 percent, down from 3.7 percent in October and down from 6.3 percent in November 2020.

Hammond: 4.8 percent, down from 5.0 percent in October and down from 8.2 percent in November 2020.

Houma: 4.0 percent, down from 4.6 percent in October and down from 6.2 percent in November 2020.

Lafayette: 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent in October and down from 6.6 percent in November 2020.

Lake Charles: 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in October and down from 8.9 percent in November 2020.

Monroe: 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent in October and down from 6.3 percent in November 2020.

New Orleans: 4.8 percent, down from 5.0 percent in October and down from 8.9 percent in November 2020.

Shreveport: 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in October and down from 7.2 percent in November 2020.

Since October 2021, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 15,100 jobs from 1,868,200 to 1,883,300 in November 2021. When compared to November 2020, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 39,400 jobs. The November 2021 employment figure is the highest in the series since March 2020.

Since October 2021, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 13,700 jobs from 1,554,600 to 1,568,300 in November 2021. When compared to November 2020, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 41,400 jobs.

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

Leisure and Hospitality gained 6,600 jobs from October 2021.

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities gained 5,500 jobs from October 2021.

Education and Health Services gained 2,300 jobs from October 2021.

Industries that showed the largest gains for not seasonally adjusted jobs from November 2020:

Leisure and Hospitality gained 13,900 jobs from November 2020.

Professional and Business Services gained 10,900 jobs from November 2020.

Education and Health Services gained 9,200 jobs from November 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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