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LWC: state unemployment down to 8.1% in August

Unemployment rate in Lafayette down to 7.4 %
LWC provides guidance to furloughed federal employees in Louisiana
Posted at 11:53 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 12:53:38-04

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced Friday that Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August decreased to 8.1%, down 1.9 percentage points from July’s revised not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 10%.

According to a release, LWC is also reporting that the unemployment rate for Lafayette is 7.4% for August, which is up from 5.2 % in August 2019, but down from 9.1% in July.

Since July, the number of not seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 101,158 from 1,835,539 to 1,936,697 in August. When compared to August 2019, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals decreased by 48,083.

Since July, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 33,297 from 203,076 to 169,779 in August. When compared to August 2019, the number of not seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals increased by 57,353.

Since July, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 23,100 jobs from 1,822,300 to 1,845,400 in August. When compared to August 2019, not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased by 133,900 jobs.

Since July, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 13,100 jobs from 1,508,600 to 1,521,700 in August 2020. When compared to August 2019, not seasonally adjusted private sector employment decreased by 134,400 jobs.

LWC states that Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 67,861 from 2,038,615 in July to 2,106,476 in August. When compared to August 2019, Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force increased by 9,270.

Not seasonally adjusted August 2020 unemployment rates for Louisiana’s nine metropolitan statistical areas are as follows:

  • Alexandria: 6.1 percent, up from 5.8 percent in August 2019, but down from 7.4 percent in July.
  • Baton Rouge: 7.1 percent, up from 5.0 percent in August 2019, but down from 9.2 percent in July.
  • Hammond: 9.7 percent, up from 6.1 percent in August 2019, but down from 12.1 percent in July.
  • Houma: 6.8 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August 2019, but down from 8.5 percent in July.
  • Lafayette: 7.4 percent, up from 5.2 percent in August 2019, but down from 9.1 percent in July.
  • Lake Charles: 8.0 percent, up from 4.5 percent in August 2019, but down from 9.9 percent in July.
  • Monroe: 6.9 percent, up from 5.9 percent in August 2019, but down from 8.3 percent in July.
  • New Orleans: 9.7 percent, up from 5.0 percent in August 2019, but down from 11.9 percent in July.
  • Shreveport: 7.8 percent, up from 5.6 percent in August 2019, but down from 9.4 percent in July.

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