The New Orleans area lost 2,400 jobs over the past 12 months, falling victim in part to oil industry-driven job losses that drove statewide employment down by 16,000 jobs in April.
Metro-area losses also were posted by Lafayette, Houma-Thibodaux and Shreveport-Bossier City against gains in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lake Charles, Monroe and Alexandria.
Louisiana’s 0.8 percent overall decline marked nine consecutive months of over-the-year losses for the state. Oil industry employment is down 18 percent, or 8,900 jobs.
Even with the 0.8 percent overall decline, Louisiana’s 1,979,000 jobs was the second-highest April figure in state history, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday. The estimates are not adjusted for seasonal factors that can skew the numbers.
NEW ORLEANS: April’s job count stood at 574,700, down 0.4 percent from a year ago.
Losses came in mining and logging, the sector that includes the oil and gas industry, 1,000 jobs; financial activities, 1,100 jobs; and construction, 1,000 jobs. The mining sector suffered its 15th consecutive over-the-year loss and is down about 14 percent from a year ago. Education and health services added 1,800 jobs, with 1,400 occurring in health care and social assistance.
HOUMA-THIBODAUX: The 4,600 jobs lost dropped employment to 93,200, down 4.7 percent. Mining and logging lost 900 jobs, a near 12 percent decrease and its 15th consecutive month with an over-the-year decline. Trade, transportation and utilities fell 2,200 jobs.
BATON ROUGE: Total nonfarm employment for the Baton Rouge area was estimated at 414,000 in April, an 11,600-job, or 2.9 percent, gain, and the highest level recorded. The capital region has added jobs over the year every month since January 2011. Over the 12-month period, construction increased by 6,200 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, 1,600 jobs; professional and business services, 1,900 jobs; and education and health services, 1,300 jobs.
LAFAYETTE: A 7,700-job loss trimmed employment 3.6 percent to 208,300 in April from a year ago. The area has lost jobs over the year for 15 consecutive months. Over the year, mining and logging, the sector that includes the oil and gas industry, was down 4,000 jobs, a 20 percent drop and its 16th consecutive month with an over-the-year loss. Losses also came in manufacturing, 4,000 jobs, its 18th straight loss; financial activities, 700 jobs, a 27th straight loss; and professional and business services, 500 jobs, a 14th consecutive over-the-year loss.
HAMMOND: The 43,900 jobs for April were a 100-job increase, or 0.2 percent, over the year, its third consecutive increase. Service-providing employment gained 300 jobs against a 200-job loss in the goods-producing sector.
LAKE CHARLES: The area had 104,800 jobs in April, a gain of 3,100 jobs, or 3 percent, and a 58th consecutive month with an over-the-year increase. The trade, transportation and utilities sector added 700 jobs; construction, 700 jobs; and manufacturing, 500 jobs.
OTHER AREAS: Alexandria added 300 jobs to total 64,500 in April. Monroe gained 600 jobs to 79,500. Shreveport-Bossier City had 181,500 jobs, a loss of 3,500, and posted its 12th consecutive month with an over-the-year loss.