The Baton Rouge metro area gained 1,600 jobs over the past 12 months through August. 

The Baton Rouge metro area gained 1,600 jobs over the past 12 months through August.

It was among five of Louisiana's nine metro areas that added nonfarm jobs over the year, according to preliminary U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics data that is not seasonally adjusted. 

Louisiana added 1,500 jobs, an increase of 0.08%, since August 2018 for a total of 1.98 million jobs. 

The Baton Rouge metro area had 411,000 total jobs as of August and posted a 0.39% growth rate.

Gains were recorded in manufacturing, 200 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, 400 jobs; education and health services, 2,300 jobs; other services, 400; information, 300 jobs; and federal, state and local government, 2,000.

Construction lost 2,600 jobs over the year, which includes 1,400 heavy and civil engineering construction jobs. Professional and business services lost 200 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, 1,200 jobs.

Mining, which includes oil and gas extraction, and financial activities were flat.

The unemployment rate for Baton Rouge was 4.6% in August, down from 4.9% in August 2018. Statewide unemployment dropped to 4.9% from 5.4% a year ago. U.S. unemployment was 3.8%, down from 3.9% in August 2018.

LAFAYETTE: The Acadiana region added 1,900 jobs over the year, an increase of 0.93%, to 205,300 jobs. There were job gains in leisure and hospitality, 600 jobs; manufacturing, 500; education and health services, 600; and trade, transportation and utilities, 600. For mining and logging, which includes the oil and gas sector, the industry dropped 400 jobs, and construction, 300 jobs. Professional and business services job growth was flat. Unemployment in Lafayette was 4.7%, down from 5.3% in August 2018.

NEW ORLEANS: The Crescent City added 10,900 jobs, a 1.9% increase, to 585,700 in August. Professional and business services added 5,500 jobs; leisure and hospitality, 3,600; education and health services; 3,200 jobs; and construction, 2,000. Losses stemmed from trade, transportation and utilities, 1,300 jobs; financial activities, 1,200; and information, 700. The unemployment rate was 4.5%, down from 5.3% in August 2018. 

OTHER AREAS: Hammond added 300 jobs over the year to 46,200, and Lake Charles, 300, to 118,700. Job losses were in Houma-Thibodaux, down by 2,500 jobs to 84,200; Shreveport-Bossier City, 3,300 to 178,300; Monroe, 300 to 77,400; and Alexandria, 100 to 61,200.

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