Louisiana sees a year of job gains

Louisiana jobless rate and payrolls level in September

October 20, 2018 - 10:23 am

(WWL.com) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission is celebrating 12 months of jobs gains, noting the Bayou State has added 19,900 non farm jobs since September of 2017. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the state’s unemployment rate at five percent, above the national 3.7 percent average. Secretary Ava Dejoie says quite a few industries saw year-to-year gains.

“Education and health services jobs over the month and over the year. The same holds true for trade transportation and utilities sector, as well as construction and leisure and hospitality.

In September the state added 300 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs over August.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles saw the biggest gains over the year, but one small city in Southeast Louisiana remarkable jump in job opportunities since September of last year.

“Last month Hammond had a series high that they reached last month, but over the year they’ve had an 800 job change.”

The town of 20,000 people is home to Southeastern Louisiana University.

Lafayette is up nearly a thousand jobs over last year, with many pointing to the success as evidence that the oil industry is slowly returning. Dejoie says that’s true, but the state has also been working to make sure South Central Louisiana isn’t so dependent on natural resources for their economy.

“Those economies are diversifying and that’s part of the reason why you see us working with Fletcher Community College in that area.”

Lafayette lost 200 jobs from August of this year to September.

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