Baton Rouge: Louisiana's private sector added 28,400 jobs over the past year, according to seasonally adjusted data for June released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
For 34 consecutive months, private sector employment has increased from the same month in the prior year. Total nonfarm employment – private and government employment – in June was 1,946,500, an increase of 21,700 jobs over the year.
Over the month, private sector and total nonfarm employment declined by 2,100 and 3,200 jobs, respectively. The declines were associated with traditional summer reductions in staffs at public and private universities, schools and school boards.
“There are more jobs than a year ago, there are more people working and business and industry is gearing up to add many more jobs. This is a time of opportunity in Louisiana,” said Curt Eysink, Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director.
Employment data is calculated from a survey of 6,000 employers throughout the state and across industry sectors. Construction led all industry sectors, adding 12,200 jobs over the year; followed by trade, transportation, and utilities, up 5,700 jobs; and leisure and hospitality, up 5,500 jobs.
Government, which includes federal, state and local government workers, had the biggest over-the-year decline, losing 6,700 jobs; followed by other services, down 2,200; and mining and logging, down 800.
Louisiana’s June unemployment rate was 7.0 percent, up 0.2 percent over the month and 0.3 percent over the year. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.6 percent, unchanged from May. The rate for the South was 7.2 percent, also unchanged from May.
To calculate unemployment and the civilian labor force, the BLS conducts a separate survey of about 750 households.
The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force -- the total number of people working plus those looking for work -- rose by 16,634 over the year to 2,099,027. The number of employed rose 9,286 over the year to 1,952,235 in June.
The number of unemployed also rose 7,348 over the year to 146,792 in June.
“The unemployment rate data contradicts other labor market indicators,” Eysink said. “Private sector employment, total nonfarm employment, the civilian labor force and the number of people in the labor force who are working are all up over the year.”
June’s employment data was originally scheduled for release Friday, July 19, but an unauthorized release of confidential employment data today by the BLS prompted the agency to release statewide data for June a day early. Accordingly, the LWC released Louisiana’s statewide data early.
Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net and create a HiRE account which will provide access to thousands of qualified job seekers. Individuals looking for jobs in high-value careers should go to Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free job search tool, at: http://www.laworks.net/stars/
The BLS will release more detailed employment data, including not seasonally adjusted information for the state’s eight metropolitan areas, on July 25.
For more detailed information on the June 2013 employment data for Louisiana, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at: http://www.laworks.net/LaborMarketInfo/LMI_MainMenu.asp
Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System) and select Employment and Wage Data listed under Historical Data Analysis.
To view the BLS nonfarm estimates for the state, click here: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=la