Tuesday, 25 January 2011 21:41

Louisiana Nets 26,500 Non-Farms Jobs In 2010

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Unemployment rates for the state and all metro areas improved in December as the state gained jobs
over the year for the seventh straight month, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported today.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 8 percent, down from the revised November rate of
8.2 percent. Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the 19th lowest in the nation and the fifth lowest in the Southern region.
The Southern region rate for December was 9.3 percent, and the U.S. rate was 9.4 percent. The unemployment rate is
based on a sample survey of residences by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.)

A separate survey of employers shows the state continued to gain jobs over last year. Employers reported a seasonally
adjusted total of 1,906,300 nonfarm jobs in December, a net gain of 26,500 jobs from December 2009 and the seventh
straight month that Louisiana has added jobs over the year. The growth was in the private sector while the number of
government jobs declined.

“It is very encouraging that the state finished the year so strongly,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “The
seven-month trend in jobs numbers is a healthy indicator that we are well into a rebound from the effects of the national
Not seasonally adjusted rates are used to compare unemployment rates among parishes and metro areas. Louisiana’s not
seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down from 7.7 percent in November to 7.2 percent in December.
Unemployment rates for metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in December:
• Alexandria, 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent in November
• Baton Rouge, 7.1 percent, down from 7.7 percent
• Houma, 5.1 percent, down from 5.7 percent
• Lafayette, 5.6 percent, down from 6.2 percent
• Lake Charles, 6.7 percent, down from 7.2 percent
• Monroe, 7.7 percent, down from 8.2 percent
• New Orleans, 7.0 percent, down from 7.6 percent
• Shreveport, 6.6 percent, down from 7.2 percent
The New Orleans MSA led the state with an increase of 3,500 nonfarm jobs over the year, followed by Shreveport with
2,900; Lafayette, 2,800; and Lake Charles, 2,000. Baton Rouge, Houma and Alexandria had annual gains of less than
1,000 while Monroe had a 900-job loss over the year.
Private sector jobs continue to drive job gains. The December unadjusted nonfarm job total reflects an annual gain of
29,600 private sector jobs while government jobs decreased by 3,300. The largest gains over the year were in the health
care and social assistance industry subsector with 8,500 new jobs and retail trade subsector with a 6,900-job gain.

From Louisiana Workforce Commission

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