BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Yet another record low has been set in Louisiana’s unemployment rate.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) reports October 2022’s unemployment rate as 3.3% — the fifth consecutive month that the state has set a record low.

“Our monthly UI rate has broken another record, and the number of employed individuals has increased this month by 7,100,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Cates. “Louisiana employers are hiring — LWC has over 14,000 job openings on our HiRE site, and we continue to host job fairs.”

The state’s unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points from September 2022 and showed a 1.3 percentage point decline from October 2021, according to LWC.

In Baton Rouge, the agency reports that the city lost 800 jobs from September but gained 1,500 jobs from October 2021.

Governor John Bel Edwards issued the following statement:

“Louisiana’s unemployment rate is now 3.3%, significantly lower than the national rate of 3.7%. This is the fifth month in a row we have set a new record for the lowest unemployment rate in state history. These historic numbers are a testament to the work ethic and talent of our people, who have come back so strong after suffering through a global pandemic and two catastrophic hurricane seasons in 2020 and 2021. Louisiana businesses are hiring, and I want to encourage every job seeker to contact the Louisiana Workforce Commission for help finding the right job for them. Our work is not done. My administration will continue our bipartisan efforts to create good-paying jobs, grow and diversify our economy, and make Louisiana a leader in the emerging industries of tomorrow. If we can put our differences aside and put Louisiana first, I have no doubt that our best days are ahead of us.”