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Aug 24, 2010 8:04 PM by Chris Welty

State Up 20,100 Non-Farm Jobs in Year

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana dropped 9,900 non-farm jobs last
month, due mostly to the seasonal layoffs of educaton employees and
the end of temporary Census jobs, but the state still is moat than
20,000 jobs ahead of a year ago, state officials said Tuesday.
Goods-producing employment rose by 1,600 jobs over the month -
completely due to a jump in construction workers - while the
service-providing sector dropped 11,500 jobs, both on a
non-seasonally adjusted basis, the Louisiana Workforce Commission
said.
The report was issued amid concerns that the national economy is
slowing down and perhaps headed into a double-dip recession.
The mining sector, which has been closely watched because of the
deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico, lost 500 jobs
last month and was down 600 from July 2009. Manufacturing lost 100
jobs in July, while construction surged by 2,200.
Over the past year, the goods-producing sector is down by 9,300
jobs, while the service-providing sector is up by 29,500.
Of the state's eight metropolitan labor markets, six showed
year-to-year increases. Alexandria and Houma-Thibodaux both had
decreases.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, Louisiana's unemployment rate
increased in July to 7.2 percent from 7 percent in June. The
civilian labor force - the total of people actively seeking work
and those who have jobs - increased by 19,433 over the month and
28,755 over the year.
The national unemployment rate for both June and July was 9.5
percent.
Among the state's metropolitan areas:
- New Orleans lost 2,300 jobs last month, but was still up 6,600
from July 2009. Goods-producing employment was down 2,500 from last
year, while the service-providing sector gained 9,100 over the past
12 months.
- Baton Rouge lost 3,200 jobs last month, leaving a year-to-year
gain of 400. Goods-producing employment was off by 2,100 over the
year, while service-providing jobs rose by 2,500.
- Lafayette lost 600 jobs last month, but was up 1,200 over the
year. Goods-producing employment has fallen by 500 over the year,
while service-providing employment is up by 1,700.
- Lake Charles' non-farm employment was unchanged from June, and
up by 1,400 over the year. The goods-producing sector has lost
1,000 jobs in 12 months, while the service-providing sector has
added 2,400.
- Shreveport-Bossier City lost 900 jobs in July, leaving a
300-job gain from July 2009. Over the year, goods-producing
employment is down by 700, while service-providing jobs are up by
1,000.
- Monroe lost 500 jobs last month, leaving a year-to-year gain
of 400. The goods-producing sector has added 100 jobs over the past
12 months, while the service-providing sector has gained 300.
- Houma-Thibodaux lost 800 jobs in July and posted a
year-to-year loss of 1,100. Goods-producing jobs are down by 800,
while service providing jobs are down by 300 over the past 12
months.
- Alexandria lost 300 jobs in July, accelerating its
yead to-year loss to 900. The goods-producing sector is down by 800
from July 2009, while the service-providing sector is down by 100
jobs.

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