Baton Rouge posted a loss of 800 jobs in September, compared to the same month last year, while the other metro regions in south Louisiana continued to show strong job increases, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Wednesday.
New Orleans picked up the most number of jobs in the last year — 10,900 with a large number of those in the service-providing sectors. Lake Charles saw the largest percent increase in jobs in the last year, a 3.3 percent gain of 2,900.
Even though Baton Rouge has shown modest job increases in the goods-producing and construction sectors, the Capital Region continues to be hobbled by losses in the government and service-providing sectors.
Lafayette gained 4,400 jobs, a 3 percent increase from a year ago. Houma posted an over-the-year gain of 2,900 jobs, a 3.1 percent increase.
Alexandria reported picking up 1,400 jobs in September compared to the same period last year, while Shreveport posted a gain of 3,600 jobs.
Monroe was the other metro region to show a jobs decline, losing 400 jobs over the year.