Baton Rouge added 5,600 nonfarm jobs over the 12 months ending May 31, leading the state’s metro areas in job growth, while Lafayette lost 8,100 jobs and New Orleans 1,600.
Metro-area jobs losses were driven largely by the oil and gas industry’s skid. In addition to the losses suffered in Lafayette and New Orleans, Houma-Thibodaux and Shreveport-Bossier City saw employment slip, according to preliminary estimates released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The metros that gained jobs included Lake Charles, Monroe and Alexandria. Hammond was unchanged. The figures were not adjusted for seasonal changes.
BATON ROUGE: Total nonfarm employment climbed to 411,000 jobs in May, an increase of 1.4 percent. The construction industry jumped 9.3 percent to 4,500 jobs. Retail trade added 1,100. Meanwhile, the information sector fell by 1,000 jobs, or 12.5 percent, and the leisure and hospitality industry shed 900 jobs.
LAFAYETTE: The oil patch’s slump continued, with total nonfarm employment falling to 208,000. May marked the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year job losses for the area. Manufacturing plummeted by nearly 24 percent, or 4,400 jobs. Mining and logging fell 3,600 jobs, or 18.4 percent, and professional and business services by 1,000.
NEW ORLEANS: The May job count slipped 0.3 percent to 576,600. The biggest drop came in information, which plunged 2,800 jobs, or close to 29 percent. Construction fell 1,100, and mining and logging, which includes the oil and gas industry, 1,000. It was the 16th straight month of year-over-year job declines in mining and logging.
New Orleans added 1,600 leisure and hospitality jobs and 1,400 spots in professional and business services.
HOUMA-THIBODAUX: The area lost 4,500 jobs over the year, a decrease of 4.6 percent. Trade, transportation and utilities dropped 2,400 jobs, and mining and logging fell 900.
HAMMOND: Nonfarm employment remained at 44,000. The goods-producing segment dipped by 200 jobs, while the service-providing sector added 200.
LAKE CHARLES: Employment rose 3,300 jobs to 105,000. The construction sector led the charge, tacking on 1,500 positions for an 11.4 percent gain. Trade, transportation and utilities added 600, while manufacturing added 500 jobs.
OTHER AREAS: Alexandria added 100 jobs to total 64,300. Shreveport-Bossier lost 1,900 jobs, falling to 182,700 total jobs.
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