Louisiana unemployment rate continues to rise

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The unemployment rate in Louisiana went up for the fourth straight month according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Unemployment went up from 4.7% in June to 4.9% in July and according to the U.S. Labor Department figures, the Pelican State has the third highest jobless rate in the United States. 

On the flip side, the Louisiana Workforce Commission stated that “the number of people employed in July set an all-time record for the month.”

LWC said this makes the second month in a row that Louisiana has set an all-time employment record.

“For the past two months, Louisiana has set multiple employment records as the labor force continues to strengthen and improve across a variety of sectors,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Dejoie. “Our work however is never finished, and the LWC will continue to ensure to help every person in search of work, find an opportunity to provide for themselves and contribute to the state of Louisiana.”

LWC provided some statistics about how industries and jobs have performed in Louisiana:

Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs:

  • Manufacturing gained 4,800 jobs for the year and 400 jobs for the month.
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities gained 1,800 jobs for the year and 1,800 jobs for the month.
  • Information gained 1,600 jobs for the year and 900 jobs for the month.

Among other seasonally adjusted sectors in July:

  • Other Services, which includes industries engaged in activities such as equipment and machinery repair and services, gained 1,500 jobs for the year and 200 jobs for the month.
  • Construction gained 2,600 jobs for the year, but lost 400 jobs for the month.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)/Among Louisiana’s MSAs, seasonally adjusted data shows:

  • Alexandria gained 300 jobs from July 2017 and 200 jobs from June 2018.
  • Baton Rouge gained 7,700 jobs from July 2017, but lost 400 jobs from June 2018.
  • Hammond gained 900 jobs from July 2017 and 100 jobs from June 2018.
  • Houma gained 100 jobs from July 2017, but lost 300 jobs from June 2018.
  • Lafayette lost 700 jobs from July 2017, but remained unchanged from June 2018.
  • Lake Charles gained 2,800 jobs from July 2017 and 200 jobs from June 2018.
  • Monroe gained 600 jobs from July 2017 and 200 jobs from June 2018.
  • New Orleans gained 7,200 jobs from July 2017 and 200 jobs from June 2018.
  • Shreveport lost 100 jobs from July 2017 and 300 jobs from June 2018.

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