Six of Louisiana’s nine metro areas lost jobs over the 12 months ending July 31, including New Orleans, which lost more jobs than any U.S. city over the year.
Metro Lake Charles enjoyed one of the largest percentage job gains in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The New Orleans area lost 3,800 jobs, which economists largely blame on the wrap-up of construction for the University Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Lake Charles added 5,600 jobs, a 5.8 percent increase over the year, and the Baton Rouge area added 6,600 jobs. Those increases helped offset losses in other metro areas. Overall, Louisiana added 13,400 nonfarm jobs, bringing the statewide total to 1,978,800.
The Lafayette area dropped 1,800 jobs, the second-largest loss in the state as the oil-and-gas industry downturn continued.