LA lagging in petroleum, manufacturing jobs
Although part of the Louisiana employment job picture closely mirrors the stumbling national economy, the state's manufacturing and petroleum sectors are sharply lagging.
That's according to a comparison of state and national job figures.
In similarity to the national economy, Louisiana is adding post-meltdown jobs in the largest numbers in a handful of sectors such as health care and education services, professional and business services and leisure-hospitality.
But Louisiana manufacturing has not shown a sign of a tentative national comeback - and has lost over 21,000 jobs in the past two years. And the petroleum sector is unchanged over a year - going against the national grain - and lost 500 jobs from June to July.