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Date:December 27, 2007
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Nonfarm Job Growth Continues through November

BATON ROUGE – Seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in Louisiana grew by 42,300 workers between November 2006 and November 2007, bringing the total number of jobs in the state to 1,927,400, the Louisiana Department of Labor announced today.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate for November 2007 was 3.5 percent, up slightly from 3.3 percent for the prior month but well below the November 2006 revised rate of 4.3 percent. The November 2007 unemployment rate for the United States remained the same as the October rate of 4.7 percent.

Louisiana’s civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – for November 2007 was 2,008,622, up from 1,987,819 in October 2007. The number of employed in November was 1,937,612, an increase from 1,921,764 in October. The number of unemployed in Louisiana for November 2007 increased to 71,010 from 66,055 in October 2007.

Unadjusted unemployment rates compare parishes and metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) to the state. The November 2007 unadjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana was 3.2 percent, up from the preliminary October 2007 rate of 3.0 percent. The unemployment rates for the MSAs were: Alexandria, 3.0 percent, up from 2.9 percent in October 2007; Baton Rouge, 2.9 percent, unchanged from October; Houma, 2.2, up from 2.0; Lafayette, 2.3, up from 2.1; Lake Charles, 3.0, up from 2.9; Monroe, 3.5, unchanged from October; New Orleans, 3.4, up from 3.1; and Shreveport-Bossier City, 3.5, unchanged from October’s rate. Lafayette, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.2 percent in November 2007 while East Carroll Parish had the highest rate of 6.8 percent.

Preliminary seasonally adjusted statewide total nonfarm employment for November 2007 was 1,927,400 compared to 1,924,900 for the revised October 2007 figure, an increase of 2,500 jobs over the month. The sector breakdown was as follows: natural resources and mining, 50,600 employed in November 2007, down from 51,100 in October 2007; construction, 137,900, up from 137,400; manufacturing, 153,800, up from 153,400; trade, transportation, and utilities, 386,200, up from 386,000; information, 25,900 up from 25,800; financial activities, 97,700, up from 97,500; professional and business services, 200,600, up from 200,200; educational and health services, 246,100, down from 246,300; leisure and hospitality, 197,600, up from 197,100; other services, 69,700, up from 69,600; and government, 361,300, up from 360,500 for last month.

For more detailed information on November 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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