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Date:May 27, 2022
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

April unemployment rate tied for lowest ever

BATON ROUGE, La. – Data released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission showed that Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2022 is tied for the lowest in series history.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2022 is 3.5 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from the revised March 2022 not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent. The rate also shows a decrease of 2.4 percentage points from the April 2021 rate of 5.9 percent. The rate of 3.5 percent, which also occurred in both April 2006 and April 2008, is the lowest not seasonally adjusted rate in history. The not seasonally adjusted rate has declined over the year for 14 consecutive months.

Since March 2022, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 7,162 from 2,016,504 to 2,023,666 in April 2022. When compared to April 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 81,063.

Since March 2022, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals deceased by 6,668 from 80,599 to 73,931 in April 2022. When compared to April 2021, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 47,162. The April 2022 figure is the seventh lowest in history.

Not seasonally adjusted April 2022 unemployment rates for Louisiana’s nine MSA’s are as follows:

• Alexandria: 2.6 percent, down from 2.8 percent in March and down from 4.1 percent in April 2021.

• Baton Rouge: 3.1 percent, down from 3.4 percent in March and down from 5.3 percent in April 2021.

• Hammond: 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent in March and down from 6.5 percent in April 2021.

• Houma: 3.3 percent, down from 3.7 percent in March and down from 5.1 percent in April 2021.

• Lafayette: 3.1 percent, down from 3.4 percent in March and down from 5.4 percent in April 2021.

• Lake Charles: 3.4 percent, down from 3.7 percent in March and down from 6.1 percent in April 2021.

• Monroe: 3.3 percent, down from 3.6 percent in March and down from 5.4 percent in April 2021.

• New Orleans: 4.1 percent, down from 4.4 percent in March and down from 7.0 percent in April 2021.

• Shreveport: 3.5 percent, down from 3.8 percent in March and down from 5.7 percent in April 2021.

Since March 2022, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 7,100 jobs from 1,905,700 to 1,912,800 in April 2022. When compared to April 2021, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 43,200 jobs. The April 2022 employment figure shows 13 consecutive over-the-year gains.

Since March 2022, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 7,600 jobs from 1,594,700 to 1,602,300 in April 2022. When compared to April 2021, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 50,900 jobs. The April 2022 employment figure shows 13 consecutive over-the-year gains.

Industries that showed the largest gains for not seasonally adjusted jobs from March 2022:

Leisure and Hospitality gained 3,700 jobs from March 2022.

Education and Health Services gained 1,600 jobs from March 2022.

Other Services gained 1,500 jobs from March 2022.

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

Leisure and Hospitality gained 15,000 jobs from April 2021.

Professional and Business Services gained 10,400 jobs from April 2021.

Construction gained 7,500 jobs from April 2021.

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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