Baton Rouge posted a loss of 800 jobs in September, compared with the same month last year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Wednesday.
Other metro regions in south Louisiana continued to show strong job increases.
New Orleans picked up the most number of jobs in the past year — 10,900 with a large number of those in the service-providing sectors.
Lake Charles saw the largest percent increase in jobs, a 3.3 percent gain of 2,900, based on non-seasonally adjusted employment figures reported.
OVerall, Louisiana gained 41,300 jobs in September compared with September 2010, according to the state report.
Even though Baton Rouge has shown modest job increases in the goods-producing and construction sectors, the Capital Region continues to be hobbled by losses in the government and service-providing sectors.
The region shed 1,800 government jobs in the past year, according to labor statistics.
The service sector, which includes areas such as wholesale and retail trade or transportation and warehousing, lost 2,900 jobs.
Lafayette gained 4,400 jobs, a 3 percent increase.
This is part of an ongoing trend for Acadiana. The Lafayette metro region has been creating jobs throughout most of the past nine months when compared with the same months in 2010.
Only in May did Lafayette post a modest 100-job loss when compared with May 2010.
The goods-producing and service sectors have shown strong job gains, picking up 2,100 and 2,300 jobs, respectively.
Houma posted a gain of 2,900 jobs, a 3.1 percent increase. The service sector has given that region its strongest gains.
Alexandria reported picking up 1,400 jobs in September, an increase of 2.2 percent.
How much stock should be placed in these bullish job numbers is hard to say.
March, the Workforce Commission ceded the task of collecting the state’s job data to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This transition could result in some inaccurate data, officials said at the time.
Loren Scott, a retired Louisiana economist who has been watching the state’s economy for four decades, has questioned the accuracy of the state’s job numbers, particularly when viewed against other economic indicators such as sales tax collections, gross domestic product reports or unemployment levels.
Farther north in Shreveport, the region gained 3,600 jobs in September, a 2 percent increase, much of it from the goods-producing and service sectors.
Monroe was the other metro region to show a jobs decline, losing 400 jobs.
In August, Alexandria showed a 4 percent gain in jobs compared with a year earlier, a move Scott said mystified him.
“Now, I love the people in Alexandria,” Scott said earlier this month in his unveiling of the 30th annual Louisiana Economic Outlook.
“But looking at the data all the way back to 1970, Alexandria has never grown by 4 percent. Even in the best economy,” he said.