Louisiana job growth picks up a bit
BATON ROUGE - Despite some headwinds hitting the national economy, Louisiana's job growth picked up slightly in May.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Wednesday that the state recorded 15,000 non-farm jobs more last month than in May 2010, including a jump of 10,200 from April. The numbers are not adjusted for seasonal factors.
The April-to-April comparison showed a gain of 14,500 jobs, while the March-to-March gain was 9,200 jobs.
In a continuation of a recent trend, the private sector provided all of the growth, adding 31,800 jobs over 12 months. Government employment at all levels dropped by 16,800 jobs.
Among the metropolitan areas, New Orleans had the largest number of new jobs over the year, with 4,900, followed by Shreveport-Bossier City with 4,800. The 12-month laggards included Baton Rouge, Monroe and Lafayette.