Louisiana’s nonfarm job count rose to 1,912,900 workers in July, up 1.4 percent compared to the same month the year before, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday.
The figures, compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed a gain of 26,300 jobs from July 2010 and an increase of 2,200 jobs from June 2011. The figures are seasonally adjusted.
Meanwhile, Louisiana’s unemployment rate for July was 7.6 percent — the same as July 2010 and down slightly from 7.8 percent in June.
The July figures marked the 10th consecutive month of over-the-year gains in nonfarm private sector jobs, the commission said in a news release.
Last month, the number of people listed as unemployed fell to 154,300 from 160,300 in June. At the same time, the civilian labor force — including the employed and those actively seeking work — fell by about 8,000. The labor force for June was listed as 2.045 million; for July, 2.037 million.
Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia registered unemployment rate increases, in Friday’s figures.
Louisiana was one of only nine states that showed a rate decreases. Thirteen states had no rate change.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate was the fourth lowest in the Southern region, which had a rate of 9.0 percent.
The national rate decreased to 9.1 percent from 9.2 percent in June.