Louisiana’s nonfarm employment grew by 30,100 over the year that ended Aug. 31 and set a record 1,983,200.
State government jobs decreased by 4,000 over the 12-month period, and local government jobs decreased by 2,100, according to reports of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Louisiana Workforce Commission. The number of federal workers in the state fell by 200.
All reported numbers were preliminary.
Over the past year, private employers hired 36,400 workers.
“Louisiana’s private sector employers are operating full-steam-ahead,” LWC executive director Curt Eysink said. “They’re adding jobs throughout the state and in sectors which will drive additional job growth.”
Construction jobs led all sectors with a one-year gain of 9,500 jobs.
Professional and business services added 8,000 jobs, while leisure and hospitality employment increased by 7,400 workers.
Education and health services employers added 7,000 jobs after August 2013.
Manufacturing jobs were up by 2,900.
The state’s information sector shrank by 2,200 workers by the end of last month.
Other services — including jobs in repair and maintenance, as well as personal and laundry services — lost 1,200 jobs.
Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas extraction, lost 400 jobs. Financial activities lost 300 jobs.
The state’s one-year uptick for nonfarm jobs amounted to slightly more than 1.5 percent.
North Dakota recorded the nation’s highest percentage of job gains over the August-to-August period — 4.4 percent.
Alaska finished last with a one-year nonfarm employment loss of 0.8 percent.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate for the year ended Aug. 31 was 5.8 percent, which was 0.4 percentage point less than a year earlier. The most recent figure also was less than the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.
However, the state’s unemployment rate was up from 5.4 percent in July, its fourth straight monthly increase, as more people entered the workforce than have been hired.
LWC officials said they will release seasonally unadjusted employment figures for the state’s eight metropolitan areas on Sept. 26.