Louisiana shows continued improvement in getting back to work
BATON ROUGE, La. – Preliminary data for June 2021 released today by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows promising signs that Louisianians are getting back to work. Louisiana gained 6,700 jobs in total nonfarm employment from the May 2021 estimate of 1,832,200. The state has also gained 68,800 jobs since June 2020 for a total of 1,838,900, up from 1,770,100.
Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted total private sector employment showed strong gains both over the month and over the year. The June 2021 estimate of 1,529,000 shows an increase of 8,700 jobs from the May 2021 revised figure of 1,520,300. The series has added 67,300 jobs from the June 2020 figure of 1,461,700.
Since June 2020, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 153,610 from 1,772,157 to 1,925,767 in June 2021. When compared to May 2021, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 2,408.
Since June 2020, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 39,533 from 182,860 to 143,327 in June 2021. When compared to May 2021, the number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 3,370.
The June 2021 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.9 percent shows a decline both over the month and over the year. The rate dropped 0.2 percentage points from the revised May 2021 rate of 7.1 percent, and 2.5 percentage points from the June 2020 rate of 9.4 percent.
“There are thousands of opportunities out there for people looking for work, and we know businesses are hiring,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Cates. “We’ve made a lot of progress in getting Louisianians back to work, and we’re not about to slow down our efforts.”
As Louisiana’s economy continues to show signs of improvement, LWC is connecting employers and future employers with a statewide job fair on August 4 as part of the newly launched “Back to Work Louisiana” campaign. Job seekers can click here to find their nearest location. There are also over 50,000 of jobs listed on the HiRE site, which allows individuals to file for unemployment benefits and search for available jobs in their area.
Industries that showed the largest gains for seasonally adjusted jobs from June 2020:
• Leisure and Hospitality gained 27,900 jobs from June 2020.
• Professional and Business Services gained 12,800 jobs from June 2020.
• Education and Health Services gained 13,000 jobs from June 2020.
• Trade, Transportation, and Utilities gained 9,300 jobs from June 2020.
Among Louisiana’s MSAs in June 2021, seasonally adjusted data shows:
• Alexandria (59,800 jobs) showed no change from May 2021, but gained 1,700 jobs from June 2020.
• Baton Rouge (385,900 jobs) added 100 jobs from May 2021 and gained 16,400 jobs from June 2020.
• Hammond (45,600 jobs) showed no change from May 2021, but gained 1,600 jobs from June 2020.
• Houma (82,900 jobs) added 200 jobs from May 2021 and gained 3,900 jobs from June 2020.
• Lafayette (192,100 jobs) added 1,300 jobs from May 2021 and gained 7,100 jobs from June 2020.
• Lake Charles (92,500 jobs) lost 300 jobs from May 2021 and lost 1,400 jobs from June 2020.
• Monroe (74,300 jobs) lost 100 jobs from May 2021, but gained 2,100 jobs from June 2020.
• New Orleans (524,600 jobs) added 1,200 jobs from May 2021 and gained 19,000 jobs from June 2020.
• Shreveport (170,500 jobs) added 3,600 jobs from May 2021 and gained 7,500 jobs from June 2020.