Louisiana's unemployment rate down by 1.2 percent from last year

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reported that Louisiana's unemployment rate has decreased to 4.6 percent in January. Compared to January last year, that number has shrunk by 1.2 percent. 

This percentage was determined from various surveys, and data prepared by local labor forces. 

The number of "seasonally adjusted employed individuals" grew by more than 35,000 from January of last year.

When comparing that same date from December of last year, thr figures for employed people increased by nearly 8,300.

“Returning job seekers to the workplace remains an upmost priority of our agency,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission's Executive Director Ava Dejoie.

“This latest data underscores the ongoing efforts to reduce unemployment throughout Louisiana, and we will forge ahead with the same steadfast commitment to reinforce our state’s labor market.”

Industries that demonstrated the highest gain were education & health services, manufacturing, leisure & hospitality, and mining & lodging. 

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