Gains in five of the state's nine metro areas helped push Louisiana to a total of 1,980,700 nonfarm jobs in September, a gain of 13,400 jobs over the past 12 months.
September marked the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year gains for the state, according to a preliminary report from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Louisiana's nonfarm employment grew by 0.7 percent, while U.S. nonfarm employment grew by 1.2 percent. The figures were not adjusted to reflect seasonal changes.
BATON ROUGE: The area remained the state's largest jobs generator. The construction sector's strength helped push the Baton Rouge area to a gain of 6,200 nonfarm jobs for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, as the capital region reached a total of 411,600.
Construction added 4,600 jobs over the year, while leisure and hospitality added 3,000, and education and health services 2,800. Trade, transportation and utilities fell by 1,400 jobs, the 12th consecutive loss year-over-year. Government continued shrinking, with 3,100 fewer jobs, 2,700 of them in state government.
The biggest part of the decline in trade, transportation and utilities came from retail trade, said economist Loren Scott.
"If I were to guess, I would guess it's because a number of the retail firms that were flooded, especially in the Livingston Parish area, still have not come back full force …. The economy in general is doing well, has been growing except for the flood effect," Scott said.
The Baton Rouge area's nonfarm employment grew by 1.5 percent over the 12-month period.
NEW ORLEANS: The metro area eked out a 600-job increase, reaching a total of 575,000 jobs. The construction sector experienced the largest gain, adding 1,800 jobs, thanks to megaprojects underway like Yuhuang Chemicals' $1.85 billion complex in St. James Parish; Monsanto's $975 million expansion in Luling; and Entergy's $869 million power plant in Montz.
Meanwhile, the professional and business services sector, the education and health sector, and the leisure and hospitality sector added 1,000 jobs each over the year.
Government lost 3,300 jobs, with local government accounting for 2,600 of the total decline.
LAFAYETTE: Nonfarm employment dipped by 1,300 jobs, the 32nd consecutive year-over-year decline. The biggest gains came in manufacturing, which added 600 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, 300. Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas exploration and production, lost 700 jobs, and professional and business services, 500.
HOUMA: Nonfarm employment fell by 2,300 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities dropped 2,900 jobs, while mining and logging fell by just 100 jobs.
HAMMOND: Goods-producing employment fell by 200 jobs while service-providing employment grew by 300 jobs for a net gain of 100 jobs.
LAKE CHARLES: Nonfarm employment swelled by 4,500 jobs overall, with construction accounting for 4,000 jobs.
MONROE: The area added 300 jobs overall, with a 300-job gain in education and health services that helped offset a 400-job decline in government.
SHREVEPORT: September marked the 29th consecutive month of over-the-year job losses, as the area dropped 1,400 jobs. Government accounted for 1,300 of the losses.
ALEXANDRIA: The area lost 600 jobs, with trade, transportation, and utilities fell by 400 jobs.