September’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Louisiana decreased to 5.1 percent. This figure is down one-tenth of a percent from August. This is the fifth consecutive month the unemployment rate has declined. The last time the unemployment rate was 5.1 percent was August 2008. 

In Vernon Parish, according to August figures, there were 16,136 men and women in the civilian labor force and 15,049 were employed. The 1,087 without work amounted to 6.7 per cent of the total.

As of Oct. 19, the top 10 employers advertising for workers in Beauregard had a total of 82 jobs open, with Byrd Regional Hospital at the top of that list with 18 posts to fill. McDonald’s was advertising 16 openings; AECOM had 11; Bayne-Jones Hospital had 8; Waste Connections 6; Chili’s Corvallis and Hardee’s, 5 each; and CGI Group and Club Staffing, 4 each..

The state’s nonfarm and private-sector job sectors have posted over-the-year gains according to seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor & Statistics (BLS). Over the past 12-month period, Louisiana added 14,700 nonfarm jobs, bringing the total to 1,980,400, according to the seasonally adjusted survey of 7,000 Louisiana employers.

 Nonfarm jobs have posted over-the-year gains for five consecutive months. Seasonally adjusted private employment rose by 20,600 jobs over the same time period. The private-sector has added jobs over-the-year for six consecutive months. 

The state’s civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, grew by 1,095 over the month to 2,083,447. 

The number of employed individuals grew by 2,740 to 1,977,618. The number of unemployed individuals decreased to 105,829, which represents the lowest amount since July 2008. This marks the fifth straight month of decline in the number of unemployed individuals month to month. 

“We are encouraged by the sustained improvement in the state’s unemployment rate, based on over-the-year figures,” said Ava Dejoie, Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director. “Going forward, we will remain steadfast in our efforts to generate positive growth in Louisiana’s labor force by returning residents to the workplace.” 

Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs: 

• Leisure and Hospitality gained 900 jobs for the month and is up 6,800 jobs for the year. Employment throughout this sector continues its all-time series high. 

• Construction gained 200 jobs for the month and is up 14,700 jobs for the year. 

• Other Services, which includes industries engaged in activities such as equipment and machinery repair and services, gained 1,000 jobs for the month and is up 2,600 jobs for the year. The Other Services employment sector is at a series- high. 

Among other seasonally adjusted sectors in September:
• Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 900 jobs for the month, but is down 5,300 jobs for the year. 

Mining and Logging, which includes industries in the oil and gas sector, lost 100 jobs for the month and is down 600 

jobs for the year 

Among Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), remaining seasonally adjusted data shows: 

• Alexandria lost 100 jobs from August 2017 and is down 600 jobs from September 2016.
• Baton Rouge gained 1,100 jobs from August 2017 and is up 3,900 jobs from September 2016. The Baton Rouge MSA 

has had nine straight over-the-year increases.
• Houma lost 800 jobs from August 2017 and is down 1,600 jobs from September 2016.
• Lafayette lost 400 jobs from August 2017 and is down 800 jobs from September 2016.
• Lake Charles gained 300 jobs from August 2017 and is up 5,500 jobs from September 2016. The Lake Charles MSA has had over-the-year increases for 75 consecutive months.
• Monroe lost 400 jobs from August 2017, but is up 1,000 jobs from September 2016. The Monroe MSA has had 12 straight over-the-year increases.
• New Orleans lost 500 jobs from August 2017 and is down 800 jobs from September 2016.
• Shreveport gained 1,100 jobs from August 2017, but is down 1,700 jobs from September 2016.