Louisiana dropped 1,300 nonfarm jobs during the 12 months ending April 30, as losses in trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality and government outweighed gains in construction and health.

The state closed March with 1,974,400 nonfarm jobs, down 0.07 percent, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The construction sector added 7,800 jobs, while education and health services added 7,500 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities lost 3,500 jobs; government, 3,100; and leisure and hospitality, 3,000.

The figures were not adjusted for seasonal changes.

Nonfarm employment nationwide grew by 1.5 percent, or 208,500 jobs.

Separately, Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent in April, according to preliminary figures. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

Nationally, unemployment fell to 4.1 percent in April, compared to 4.7 percent a year ago.

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