Louisiana gained 12,600 jobs in June compared to a year ago.

The June job gains are almost entirely in the private sector, as government jobs continue their downward spiral, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday.

In fact, were it not for the 15,200 government jobs lost in the past year, the June job numbers would have shown a whopping 27,800-job increase compared to June 2010, the workforce commission reported.

The June 2011 estimates are the fourth monthly set produced by BLS using a new methodology that reduces state input and may result in an increase in variability from one month to the next.

“Even with the new reporting methodology, the employer survey findings consistently show that the private sector is adding nonfarm jobs,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink in a statement. “With the number of estimated unemployed also at the lowest level so far this year, indicators show we are moving in the right direction.”

The industry sectors showing the strongest jobs gains were education and health services at 280,800, up 9,700 jobs over the year. Leisure and hospitality gained 8,000 jobs to land at 201,300. Manufacturing was up 6,000 jobs to 144,000. Trade, transportation and utilities picked up 4,900 workers to employ 369,700 statewide. Information, at 29,200, was up 2,200 jobs since June 2010. Other services was up 500 to 66,600. And mining and logging, at 52,300, was up 400 jobs.

In addition to the over-the-year 15,200-job decrease in government, industry sectors with annual declines were construction, down 2,100 jobs to 120,400 in June 2011; professional and business services, down 1,500 jobs to 192,800; and financial activities, down 300 for a level of 92,400.

The state’s unemployment rate in June dropped to 7.8 percent compared to May’s revised 8.2 percent. The June 2010 unemployment rate was 7.0 percent.