(WAFB) - Louisiana's unemployment rate for March decreased to 5.7 percent, reports the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).
The commission says March is the fourth consecutive month with a decline in the unemployment rate. The last time the unemployment rate increased was January of 2016.
The civilian labor force, composed of people working or looking for work, grew by 7,100 from February, according to seasonally adjusted figures.
"Since the first quarter of 2017, the LWC has been part of over 150 hiring events. We will continue to help every person find employment, now that citizens are more confident they can find a job," said LWC executive director, Ava Dejoie.
The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force grew by 20,562, bringing the total to 2,112,302 for the month of March. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates the number of jobs in Louisiana using a statewide survey of 6,000 employees across multiple industries. Seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs decreased in the state by 8,500 for the month, bringing the current number to 1,975,100.
"Sixty-seven hundred (6,700) out of the eighty-five hundred (8,500) jobs lost were in the construction sector. This loss may be contributable to a completion of some flood recovery construction," said Dejoie.
Industries that showed the biggest gains in seasonally adjusted employment are:
- Education and Health Services: +1,000 jobs for March; +6,800 jobs for the year
- Professional and Business Services: +700 jobs for March; +4,100 jobs for the year (This sector includes companies that provide support for oil-related companies)
- Trade, Transportation, and Utilities: +1,500 jobs for March; -4,400 jobs for the year
- Leisure and Hospitality: +500 jobs for March; -2,100 jobs for the year
- Mining and Logging: +200 jobs for March; -5,100 jobs for the year (This is the second consecutive month of gains for the sector)
- Construction: -6,700 lobs for March; +7,400 jobs for the year
Among Louisiana's nine metropolitan areas, Lake Charles was the only city that did not lose jobs for the month, according to seasonally adjusted data. Seasonally adjusted data showed the following:
- Alexandria: -600 jobs for March; -600 jobs for the year
- Baton Rouge: -1,600 jobs for March; +3,100 jobs for the year
- Houma: -1,300 jobs for March; -5,200 jobs for the year
- Lafayette: -700 jobs for March; -7,000 jobs for the year
- Lake Charles: No change for March; +4,500 jobs for the year
- Monroe: -400 jobs for March; +100 jobs for the year
- New Orleans: -2,100 jobs for March; no change for the year
- Shreveport: -500 jobs for March; -2,800 jobs for the year
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