An 11,600-job gain in the Baton Rouge area over the past 12 months wasn’t enough to offset oil industry-driven job losses in four of the state’s other eight metro areas and rural parishes.
Metro-area losses were posted by Lafayette, New Orleans, Houma-Thibodaux and Shreveport-Bossier City against Baton Rouge’s gains and those in Hammond, Lake Charles, Monroe and Alexandria.
Louisiana lost an estimated 16,000 nonfarm jobs for the 12 months through April — marking nine consecutive months of over-the-year losses for the state, 8,900 of them in mining and logging, the sector that includes the oil and gas industry.
Even with an overall 0.8 percent decline, Louisiana’s 1,979,000 jobs was the second-highest April figure in state history, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday.
The estimates are not adjusted for seasonal factors that can skew the numbers.
BATON ROUGE: Total nonfarm employment for the Baton Rouge area was estimated at 414,000 in April, a 2.9 percent gain and the highest level recorded.
The capital region has added jobs over the year every month since January 2011. Over the 12-month period, construction increased by 6,200 jobs; trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,600 jobs; professional and business services, 1,900 jobs; and education and health services, 1,300 jobs.
LAFAYETTE: A 7,700-job loss trimmed employment 3.6 percent to 208,300 in April from a year ago. The area has lost jobs over the year for 15 consecutive months.
Over the year, mining and logging was down 4,000 jobs, a 20 percent drop and its 16th consecutive month with an over-the-year loss.
Losses also came in manufacturing, 4,000 jobs, its 18th straight loss; financial activities, 700 jobs, a 27th straight loss; and professional and business services, 500 jobs, a 14th consecutive over-the-year loss.
NEW ORLEANS: The April job count stood at 574,700, down 2,400 jobs, or 0.4 percent, over the year. Losses came in mining and logging, 1,000 jobs; financial activities, 1,100 jobs; and construction, 1,000 jobs. The mining sector suffered its 15th consecutive over-the-year loss. Education and health services added 1,800 jobs, with 1,400 occurring in health care and social assistance.
HAMMOND: The 43,900 jobs for April were a 100-job increase, or 0.2 percent, over the year, its third consecutive increase. Service-providing employment gained 300 jobs against a 200-job loss in the goods-producing sector.
HOUMA-THIBODAUX: The 4,600 jobs lost, 4.7 percent, dropped employment to 93,200. Mining and logging lost 900 jobs, a near 12 percent decrease and its 15th consecutive month with an over-the-year decline. Trade, transportation and utilities fell 2,200 jobs.
LAKE CHARLES: The area had 104,800 jobs in April, a gain of 3,100 jobs, or 3 percent, and 58th consecutive month with an over-the-year increase. The trade, transportation and utilities sector added 700 jobs; construction, 700 jobs; and manufacturing, 500 jobs.
OTHER AREAS: Alexandria added 300 jobs to total 64,500 in April. Monroe gained 600 jobs to 79,500. Shreveport-Bossier City had 181,500 jobs, a loss of 3,500, and posted its 12th consecutive month with an over-the-year loss.