La. adds 19,200 jobs over 12-month period

Nonfarm employment in Louisiana increased by 19,200 jobs over the year that ended June 30.

Louisiana’s nonfarm employed totaled more than 1.97 million last month, compared to more than 1.95 million a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in preliminary figures.

Seasonally adjusted gains were recorded in most job sectors other than government, where a decrease of 6,800 occurred over the one-year period. Government employees totaled 335,100 last month, but topped out at 341,900 in June 2013.

Officials of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, however, said that private jobs for all sectors totaled more than 1.63 million last month, a record and an increase of 26,000 over the same month last year.

“Employers in most industry sectors and throughout most of Louisiana continued to add jobs over the year,” said Curt Eysink, executive director for the LWC. “Our labor markets are doing well. Many states would like to be in our shoes.”

Seasonally adjusted figures were not available from the BLS for the mining/logging and information sectors in Louisiana. Unadjusted numbers, however, showed year-over-year job losses last month in each of those categories.

There were 53,600 workers in Louisiana’s mining and logging industry, a decrease of 1,200 since June 2013.

The information sector — including publishing, telecommunications, broadcasting and the motion picture and sound recording industries — lost 4,000 workers over the 12 months. According to those unadjusted numbers, information workers totaled 23,800 last month in Louisiana.

Seasonally adjusted numbers were reported for all other sectors in Louisiana, and all showed significant gains.

The largest employment sector was trade, transportation and utilities. Those jobholders totaled 387,400 last month. That was an increase of 5,400 over the previous year.

Education and health services workers totaled 294,700 in June. That was 4,100 more than the number recorded for June 2013.

There were 221,300 leisure and hospitality workers in Louisiana last month, a one-year gain of 7,600 jobs in that field.

Professional and business services jobs increased to 212,100 in June, up from the 205,500 reported for June 2013.

Manufacturing jobs totaled 145,200 last month, up 1,600 from a year earlier.

Construction jobs increased by 4,800 over the one-year window, totaling 135,900 in June.

People employed in financial activities totaled 95,700 last month, an uptick of 600 over the 12-month period.

Louisiana’s preliminary, but seasonally adjusted, unemployment rate was 5 percent in June. That was a decrease of 1.4 percentage points from a year earlier.

The state’s June unemployment rate also was 1.1 percentage points lower than the nation’s.

Mississippi and Rhode Island had the nation’s highest unemployment rate — 7.9 percent.

At 2.7 percent, North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S.

Louisiana’s unemployment rate also was the lowest of the five Gulf states last month.

Texas’ rate was 5.1 percent. Florida’s rate for June was 6.2 percent, and Alabama’s was 6.8 percent.

LWC officials noted that Louisiana’s 5 percent unemployment rate ranked 15th in the nation and 2nd in the 17-state southern region.