Baton Rouge adds jobs; New Orleans, Lafayette suffer losses for 2015 _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Stacks of oil field pipes are stacked near idle liftboats in the Port of Iberia in December. Plunging oil prices have hit oil patch areas of Louisiana, resulting in the loss of 10,000 oil indusrtry jobs during 2015.

The Baton Rouge metro area gained jobs, while New Orleans and Lafayette lost jobs in 2015, the latest labor figures show.

Baton Rouge added 8,800 nonfarm jobs for the year ended Dec. 31; New Orleans dropped 900 and Lafayette, 5,500.

Statewide the number of nonfarm jobs fell by 17,900, or 0.9 percent, to 1,992,300. Louisiana’s mining and logging sector, which includes oil and gas, lost 10,000 jobs, or 19.1 percent of the industry’s total. The bleeding appears to be slowing, as the sector lost only 300 jobs from November to December.

BATON ROUGE: Gains were boosted by the construction and professional and business services sectors.

The latest, preliminary estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the construction industry added 6,700 jobs for the year, a 13.2 percent gain, while professional and business services added 5,300. Retail trade dropped 1,900 jobs, government fell by 1,800 and leisure and hospitality continued a puzzling decline with 1,000 fewer jobs. The preliminary figures were not adjusted to reflect seasonal changes.

NEW ORLEANS: Losses were suffered in government, the energy industry and construction that overshadowed big gains in education and health.

State and local government shrunk by 2,100 jobs in the area. The New Orleans area also lost 1,300 manufacturing jobs, 1,200 energy industry jobs, or 15 percent of the sector total, and 1,100 construction jobs. Education and health services added 4,600 jobs and the leisure and hospitality sector added 1,100 positions.

LAFAYETTE: The metro area lost 2,800 mining and logging jobs, or 12 percent of the sector that includes the oil and gas extraction industry. The professional and business services sector shrunk by 2,100 jobs, or 9 percent.