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Date:December 22, 2009
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Unemployment Rate Drops in Every Parish and MSA Across Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – The unemployment rate decreased in November in every parish and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in Louisiana, contributing to a drop in the state’s overall not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from 7.1 percent in October to 6.3 percent in November, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Baton Rouge led the state’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the number of nonfarm employment gains with 1,800 new jobs, followed by New Orleans with 1,500, Houma with a gain of 500 jobs, and Shreveport gaining 200 jobs.

The Houma MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 4.6 percent while Lafourche Parish led the state with the lowest rate of 4.4 percent.

Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission Curt Eysink said, “This is more great news for the entire state. Not only did our state’s seasonally adjusted rate decrease over the past month, but the unemployment rate is down in every single parish and MSA as well. While we’re certainly not immune from the national economy, these numbers show that our labor markets are continuing to do better than the national and the South.”

Unadjusted unemployment rates are used to compare parishes and MSAs to the state. Please see page 2 for the MSA rates. Seasonally adjusted rates are used to compare states and the nation. Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, released last week, of 6.7 percent was down from 7.4 percent in October and tied for ninth lowest in the country.

Total unadjusted nonfarm employment data reflected a gain of 2,900 jobs from October to November 2009. Industry sectors with the largest gains were trade, transportation, and utilities with an increase of 4,900; professional and business services, up 1,000; health care and social assistance, up 600; and information, up 200 jobs. The private service-providing employment sector added 6,100 payroll jobs over the month, accounting for the total employment gain after factoring out losses in goods-producing (down 1,800) and government (down 1,400).

For more detailed information on November 2009 employment data for Louisiana, visit our Web site at and select Labor Market Information. 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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