Annual job growth up in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission says annual job growth in Louisiana sped up in July as the state registered 32,100 more non-farm jobs than a year ago.
From June 2010 through June 2011, the state had 11,600 more non-farm jobs. The May-to-May comparison showed a gain of 15,000 jobs.
Last month, the state dropped 8,900 jobs from June. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors, such as the summer break from the school year, making month-to-month comparisons more volatile.
The latest report showed a year-to-year increase of 9,100 goods-producing jobs in construction, manufacturing and petroleum and a 31,200-job gain in private service-providing jobs. Government on all levels shed 8,200 jobs.
Louisiana's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for July was 7.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent in June.