Louisiana job growth rises in November
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's employment growth rose a bit last month as the state recorded 22,800 more non-farm jobs than in November 2009, the state Workforce Commission announced Tuesday.
The state's net gain of 22,800 jobs for the year, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, brings the total number of non-farm jobs in Louisiana to more than 1.9 million. The commission said last month's jobs total is 3,600 more than the previous month.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Louisiana in November was 8.2 percent, up from October's revised rate of 8.1 percent. November's national unemployment rate was 9.8 percent, up from 9.6 percent in October.
The state's education and health services industry sector posted the largest gains over the past year, with 9,400 more jobs than in November 2009. The trade, transportation and utilities sector also experienced significant job growth, with 6,300 more jobs than last year.
The largest job loss over the past year was in the government sector, which lost 3,000 jobs.