Louisiana gained 24,800 nonfarm jobs for the 12-month period through August, a 1.3 percent increase to 1,975,400.
Job gains were posted in six of 11 economic sectors, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The gains were in construction, 14,800 jobs, up 10.6 percent; leisure and hospitality, 7,400 jobs, 3.2 percent; education and health services, 5,700 jobs, 1.8 percent; professional and business services, 5,300 jobs, 2.6 percent; other services, 2,000 jobs, 2.7 percent; and financial activities, 1,500 jobs, or 1.6 percent.
The sectors with job losses were trade, transportation and utilities, 5,700 jobs, down 1.5 percent; federal, state and local government, 2,500 jobs, 0.8 percent; mining and logging, the sector that includes oil and gas, 1,700 jobs, 4.5 percent; information, 1,700 jobs, 7.2 percent; and manufacturing, 300 jobs, 0.2 percent.
The figures were not adjusted to reflect seasonal changes.