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Date:October 25, 2007
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Thirteen Consecutive Months of Nonfarm Job Growth

BATON ROUGE – Seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in Louisiana grew by 45,300 workers between September 2006 and September 2007, bringing the total number of jobs in the state to 1,925,800, the Louisiana Department of Labor announced today. Nonfarm employment data from September 2006 through September 2007 have shown significant over-the-year growth.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate for September 2007 was 4.4 percent, up from 3.8 percent for the prior month. The September 2006 revised rate was 4.1 percent. The September 2007 unemployment rate for the US was 4.7 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the August 2007 rate of 4.6 percent.

Louisiana’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – for September 2007 grew to 1,988,288, from 1,979,201, in August 2007. The number of employed in September was 1,900,863, a slight decrease from 1,903,580 in August. The number of unemployed in Louisiana for September 2007 increased to 87,425 from 75,621 in August 2007.

Unadjusted unemployment rates compare parishes and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to the state. The September 2007 unadjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana was 4.4 percent, up from the preliminary August 2007 rate of 4.1 percent. The unemployment rates for the MSAs were: Alexandria, 4.2 percent, up from 4.0 percent in August 2007; Baton Rouge, 4.1 up from 3.9; Houma, 2.9, up from 2.7; Lafayette, 3.1, up from 2.8; Lake Charles, 4.3, up from 4.0; Monroe, 4.9, up from 4.8; New Orleans, 4.5, up from 4.2; and Shreveport-Bossier City, 4.9, up from 4.5. Lafayette, Lafourche, and Terrebonne Parishes had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in September 2007 while East Carroll Parish had the highest rate of 9.9 percent.

Preliminary seasonally adjusted statewide total nonfarm employment for September 2007 was 1,925,800 compared to 1,926,200 for the revised August 2007 figure, a modest decrease of 400 jobs. The sector breakdown was as follows: natural resources and mining, 50,600 employed in September 2007, down from 50,700 in August 2007; construction, 138,400, down from 139,300; manufacturing, 153,400, down from 154,800; trade, transportation, and utilities, 386,000, up 2,000 from 384,000 in August; information, 25,600 down from 25,700; financial activities, 97,200, down from 97,800; professional and business services, 199,500, down from 201,100; educational and health services, 246,500, down from 247,000; leisure and hospitality, 197,800, up from 197,600; other services, 70,100, up from 69,600; and government, 360,700, up from 358,600 for last month.

For more detailed information on September 2007 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu. Then select Monthly Employment Bulletin – Workforce At A Glance or Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release for the latest monthly nonfarm and labor force data.

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