Nonfarm employment was up in six of Louisiana’s nine metropolitan areas for the year ended Feb. 28.
Troubles continued in the oil and gas industries, though, as mining and logging jobs fell in five of six metros for which that sector reported. Mining and logging includes oil and gas jobs.
Over the past year, the collapse of crude oil prices from above $100 per barrel to below $50 per barrel depressed oil and gas activity on Louisiana’s land and in shallow areas of the Gulf of Mexico. That cost 3,300 mining and logging jobs statewide.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission did not itemize mining and logging jobs for the Hammond, Alexandria and Monroe areas in the preliminary and seasonally unadjusted numbers released Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS: The area gained 800 nonfarm jobs over the year ended last month and finished at 561,200.
A loss of 200 mining and logging jobs dropped that sector total to 7,800.
Metro New Orleans, however, recorded big gains in three categories: A boost of 3,300 jobs in education and health services increased that total to 91,600. An increase of 3,000 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities pushed that sector total to 115,100. Another 3,000 jobs in retail trade grew that category to 63,900.
The New Orleans area also experienced some big job losses.
Construction jobs dropped 2,700 and finished at 28,300. The area’s manufacturing jobs decreased by 1,100 and ended the 12 months at 30,300.
Total professional and business services jobs was 72,600 in the New Orleans metro, a decline of 1,300.
State government jobs dropped by 800 and finished at 13,600.
BATON ROUGE: In the area for the 12-month period, employment increased by 9,500 jobs and totaled 397,700.
Mining and logging jobs remained flat at 1,100 in the capital area, but construction jobs jumped by 3,600 and finished at 50,200.
Manufacturing jobs totaled 29,400. That was a gain of 1,000.
There was an uptick of 2,900 professional and business services jobs in the Baton Rouge metro. That pushed the category’s new total to 48,300.
There were gains in most other Baton Rouge sectors, but state government jobs dropped by a thousand, finishing at 36,800.
LAFAYETTE: The metro grew 1,600 new nonfarm jobs and finished at 220,400.
That Acadiana area, however, lost 800 mining and logging jobs, which decreased to 22,600. The metro also lost 1,000 jobs in support activities for mining, dropping that category total to 19,900.
Trade, transportation and utilities in the Lafayette area gained 2,000 jobs and pushed that total to 44,900. Over the same period, 700 new leisure and hospitality jobs boosted that category total to 21,700.
LAKE CHARLES: The area boomed over the 12 months, gaining 8,000 nonfarm jobs and finishing at 101,700.
The metro, which consists of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, gained 3,700 construction jobs and boosted that total to 16,500.
An increase of 2,900 leisure and hospitality jobs moved that total to 14,700. Four hundred new manufacturing jobs grew that total to 9,500.
Lake Charles lost 200 mining and logging jobs, finishing the year at 600. The metro also lost 300 state government jobs, dropping that category to 2,800.
HAMMOND: The area did not become a metro until last month, but LWC officials reported the new metro gained 1,200 nonfarm jobs over the past year to finish at 44,200.
HOUMA-THIBODAUX: At the end of February, the metro had 100,300 nonfarm jobs — a one-year decline of 300.
That coastal region lost 500 mining and logging jobs, which totaled 6,500 last month. The area also jettisoned 400 jobs in support activities for mining, dropping that total to 5,300.
The area also lost 100 state government jobs, dropping to 2,200.
Houma-Thibodaux had some big gains, though.
Seven hundred new jobs in trade, transportation and utilities boosted that total to 28,600.
An increase of 300 jobs in leisure and hospitality grew that total to 8,300 in the Houma-Thibodaux area.
OTHER METROS: The Alexandria metro gained 1,300 nonfarm jobs over the past year, increasing its total to 64,100. The metro’s only losses were 200 jobs in state government and 100 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities.
The Shreveport-Bossier City metro lost 200 jobs over the year ended Feb. 28 and finished at 182,700.
That northwest Louisiana area lost 400 jobs from its mining and logging sector, 600 of its state government jobs and 800 of its local government jobs.
Shreveport-Bossier City, however, also gained 600 leisure and hospitality jobs and 400 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities.
The Monroe metro lost 600 nonfarm jobs, dropping its total to 77,300.
That area lost 300 state government jobs and 300 leisure and hospitality jobs. It gained 400 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities.