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Louisiana Hits Second Month In Row Lowest Unemployment
Written by  // Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:51 //

workforce commissionThe Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today that for the second month in  a row (August), Louisiana recorded its lowest unemployment rate of the year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved significantly to 7.3 percent in August from the July 2011 rate of 7.9 percent. The U.S. rate improved to 9.1 percent from July’s rate of 9.3 percent. The unemployment rate is developed from a sample survey of residences by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 Unemployment Rates Improve in State, All Metro Areas for Second Straight Month

BATON ROUGE – Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for the state and all metropolitan statistical areas improved in August for the second month in a row as Louisiana recorded its lowest unemployment rate of the year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved significantly to 7.3 percent in August from the July 2011 rate of 7.9 percent. The U.S. rate improved to 9.1 percent from July’s rate of 9.3 percent. The unemployment rate is developed from a sample survey of residences by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment rates for the MSAs in August were:

Alexandria, 6.9 percent, down from 7.7 percent Baton Rouge, 7.6 percent, down from 8.2 percent Houma, 4.9 percent, down from 5.4 percent Lafayette, 5.6 percent, down from 6.1 percent Lake Charles, 6.6 percent, down from 6.8 percent Monroe, 7.7 percent, down from 8.2 percent New Orleans, 7.3 percent, down from 7.8 percent Shreveport, 6.7 percent, down from 7.0 percent

The household survey estimates of Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – decreased by 32,399 over the month to 2,047,309. The not seasonally adjusted estimate shows the number of people employed in August was 1,897,998, down 18,197 from July. The number of unemployed in August decreased to its lowest level of 2011 at 149,311, down 14,202 from July.

A separate BLS survey of Louisiana employers showed the state had an increase of 1,600 not seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the month, for a total of 1,905,300 in August and an increase of 30,300 jobs from August 2010. The private industry sectors decreased 600 jobs over the month and added 37,100 workers over the year.

At the MSA level, the Lafayette MSA added the most nonfarm jobs over the month with a gain of 1,500 workers and the New Orleans MSA had the largest gain over the year with an increase of 10,500 jobs.

“Our steadily improving unemployment rate and over-the-year job growth, particularly in the private sector, are positive signs for our state,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink.

For more detailed information on August 2011 employment data for Louisiana, visit the LWC website at www.laworks.net and select Labor Market Information from the top right-hand menu. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and Employment and Wage Data listed under Historical Data Analysis.



CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE (Not Seasonally Adjusted)



Acadia (Crowley)1

23,606

1,554

6.2

Allen

7,827

848

9.8

Assumption (Pierre Part)1

9,027

1,071

10.6

Avoyelles

14,820

1,349

8.3

Beauregard (DeRidder)1

12,867

1,063

7.6

Bienville

5,815

567

8.9

Caldwell

3,979

370

8.5

Catahoula

3,814

398

9.4

Claiborne

5,901

577

8.9

Concordia (Natchez, MS-LA)1

6,337

708

10.0

East Carroll

2,251

419

15.7

Evangeline

11,642

1,068

8.4

Franklin

6,615

845

11.3

Iberia (New Iberia) 1

30,451

2,285

7.0

Jackson (Ruston)1

5,773

470

7.5

Jefferson Davis (Jennings)1

13,384

859

6.0

La Salle

6,664

372

5.3

Lincoln (Ruston)1

17,146

1,723

9.1

Madison (Tallulah)1

3,878

478

11.0

Morehouse (Bastrop)1

9,213

1,422

13.4

Natchitoches (Natchitoches)1

14,933

1,434

8.8

Red River

3,427

296

8.0

Richland

7,989

868

9.8

Sabine

8,950

595

6.2

St. James

8,220

1,103

11.8

St. Landry (Opelousas, Eunice)1

34,879

2,982

7.9

St. Mary (Morgan City)1

20,198

1,961

8.8

Tangipahoa (Hammond)1

47,606

4,701

9.0

Tensas

1,494

231

13.4

Vermilion (Abbeville)1

21,945

1,455

6.2

Vernon (Fort Polk South)1

18,594

1,409

7.0

Washington (Bogalusa)1

13,531

1,482

9.9

Webster (Minden)1

18,038

1,494

7.6

West Carroll

3,370

616

15.5

Winn

5,910

530

8.2


1In addition to the eight (8) Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in Louisiana, there are seventeen (17) Micropolitan Statistical Areas (MCs): Jackson and Lincoln Parishes combine to constitute the Ruston MC area. Civilian Labor Force can be derived by adding employed and unemployed. For related information or data, please visit: www.bls.gov/lau/home.htm.


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