The Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas each gained 12,600 nonfarm jobs over the year ended July 31, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday.
Seasonally adjusted numbers showed that was a 3.3 percent increase to a new total of 397,200 jobs in the Baton Rouge area.
Big job gains were experienced at both goods-producing businesses and those that provide services in Baton Rouge, LWC officials reported.
New Orleans had an uptick of 2.3 percent to boost its job total to 557,300. The service-providing sector was responsible for most of that increase, according to the LWC.
The Lafayette area ended July with 163,800 jobs, an increase of 4,900, or 3.1 percent over the same month in 2013.