A man, who lost his job to the coronavirus pandemic recession and been having trouble finding another one, seeks assistance from motorists in New Orleans.

The jobs recovery in the capital region through September fell in line with the state's minor improvement compared to August, but was still down 6.6% in the metro area from a year ago as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic lingers. 

The Baton Rouge metro had 384,700 jobs in September, down 24,700 jobs from a year ago but 200 higher than in August. The data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is not seasonally adjusted. 

Across Louisiana, there were 1,849,400 jobs in September, down from 1,981,100 one year ago, also a 6.6% decline. Statewide, only 6,900 jobs were added back to the economy since August. 

The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 8.2% in September, up from 5% last year. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.7% in September, up from 3.3% last year. Unemployment in Baton Rouge was 7.1%, compared to 4.6% in September 2019.

BATON ROUGE: Financial activities was the only industry cluster to add jobs over the past year through September, up 100 jobs for a total of 19,000 workers including a recovery of 100 jobs since August.

Leisure and hospitality shed the most jobs, 10,400 over the year through September. That's down 25.5% to 30,300 workers in businesses like hotels, restaurants and casinos. The industry lost 500 jobs since August. 

Education and health services lost 4,900 jobs over the year to 49,400 jobs and was down 1,200 from August. Public school teachers jobs are not under education, but instead show up in government jobs.

Trade, transportation and utilities lost 2,300 jobs over the year to 67,900 jobs, driven by retail trade losses, with 300 jobs lost since August. Manufacturing lost 1,600 jobs over the year to 28,400 workers and 400 since August. Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas, lost 200 jobs over the year to 800 and 100 jobs since August. Information lost 200 jobs over the year to 4,600 jobs and 100 more jobs since August.

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Construction lost 2,900 jobs over the year to 43,400 workers but recovered 700 jobs since August. Other services lost 900 jobs over the year to 16,200 and added back 100 jobs since August. Professional and business services lost 700 jobs over the year to 48,100 jobs but recovered 500 jobs since August. 

Federal, state and local government collectively lost 700 jobs over the year to 76,600 jobs, which was driven by the deepest cuts to local government, smaller cuts to state jobs and offset by the addition of several hundred federal workers since last year. 

LAFAYETTE: The Acadiana region lost 10,400 jobs over the year, down 5.1%, to 193,000 jobs. Between August and September, the region did add back 1,000 jobs for some economic recovery. The oil and gas industry lost 3,400 jobs over the year, down 25%, for 10,000 workers total; professional and business services, 2,700 jobs, or 12.5%, to 18,800; manufacturing, 1,800 jobs, or 11.1%, to 14,400 jobs; education and health services, 2,000 jobs; financial services, 800 jobs; construction, 600 jobs; and other services, 400 jobs. Information was flat. Federal, state and local government combined lost 100 jobs. Meanwhile, leisure and hospitality added 800 jobs for a total of 21,800 workers while trade, transportation and utilities added 600 jobs. Unemployment in Lafayette was 7.4%, compared to 4.9% in September 2019.

NEW ORLEANS: The Crescent City metro lost 60,100 jobs over the year, down 10.4%, to 519,900 jobs through September. The region did recover 4,900 jobs since August. Leisure and hospitality, the hardest hit sector, lost 29,100 jobs, for 62,300 jobs total, or a 31.8% drop. In New Orleans the unemployment rate was 9.5% in September, up from 4.6% one year ago. 

LAKE CHARLES: The metro are lost a disproportionate amount of jobs for its population size in Louisiana, the region lost 22,100 for a 19.6% drop to 90,700 jobs. It was down 5,900 jobs since August, driven by Hurricane Laura. 

OTHER METROS: Shreveport-Bossier City, lost 9,700 jobs year over year to 170,000 jobs; Houma-Thibodaux, 5,100 jobs to 82,900 jobs; Hammond, 2,500 jobs to 43,900 jobs; and Alexandria, 2,300 jobs to 59,600 jobs. Monroe was flat over the year at 78,200 jobs. 

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