Construction, health, tourism drive Louisiana job gains over past 12 months

Posted on: October 26 2017

BY TED GRIGGS |         Oct 20, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Louisiana added 13,400 nonfarm jobs over the 12-month period ending in September, a 0.7 percent increase, that lifted employment to 1,980,700 residents.

Four job sectors had gains in preliminary data reported Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, enough to offset declines in six other sectors and a flat showing by the financial activities sector. The numbers were not adjusted to reflect seasonal changes.

Job losses in the mining and logging sector, which includes the oil and gas industry that has been a drag on the state's economy, slowed dramatically. The sector lost 200 jobs year over year.

Gains were posted in construction, 13,800 jobs or nearly 10 percent; leisure and hospitality, 6,000 jobs or 2.6 percent; health and education services, 5,300 jobs or 1.7 percent; and other services, 2,100 jobs or 2.8 percent.

Losses took place in trade, transportation and utilities, 6,000 jobs or 1.6 percent; government, 5,100 jobs or 1.6 percent; professional and business services, 1,400 jobs or 0.7 percent; information, 600 jobs or 2.7 percent; and manufacturing, 500 jobs or 0.4 percent.

The jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent in September from 6.1 percent a year ago. A total of 106,000 Louisianans were jobless.