NOLA added 4,500 jobs in April

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
BY: Christian Moises, News Editor

BATON ROUGE — While the New Orleans area added 4,500 jobs between March and April, it gained 4,900 positions over the year, according to nonseasonally adjusted Louisiana Workforce Commission figures released today.

The New Orleans area had 526,800 jobs in April, more than the 522,300 in March and the 521,900 in April 2010. The goods-producing sector gained 600 jobs between March and April but was down by 1,200 positions compared with April 2010, while the service-providing sector gained 3,900 positions over March and 6,100 compared with a year ago.

Louisiana, meanwhile, gained 13,100 jobs from March and 14,500 over the year. The total reflects a gain of 12,600 private sector jobs from March and 25,300 over the year while the government shed 10,800 compared with April 2010.

The New Orleans area’s unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, down from 7.9 percent in March but up from 6.5 percent a year ago, was the second highest rate in the state behind Baton Rouge and Monroe, which both posted rates of 7.6 percent. Houma had the lowest rate at 5.4 percent followed by Lafayette at 5.8 percent, Shreveport at 6.6 percent, Lake Charles at 6.8 percent and Alexandria at 7 percent.

All New Orleans parishes posted month-over-month decreases but year-over-year increases in their unemployment rates.

St. John Parish had the area’s highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, down from 10.6 percent in March but up from 9.2 percent a year ago. St. Tammany Parish had the lowest rate at 6 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March but up from 5.3 percent a year ago.

The remaining New Orleans area parishes posted the following rates:

– Orleans: 8.4 percent, down from 9.1 percent in
March but up from 7.3 percent a year ago;

– Plaquemines: 7.9 percent, down from 8.2 percent but up from 5.9 percent a year ago;

– St. Bernard: 7.6 percent, down from 8 percent in March but up from 6.2 percent a year ago;

– Jefferson: 6.9 percent, down from 7.4 percent in March but up from 6.2 percent a year ago; and

– St. Charles: 6.8 percent, down from 7.5 percent in March but up from 6.6 percent a year ago.

Louisiana’s jobless rate of 7.4 percent was lower than the 8 percent rate in March but higher than the 6.6 percent figure in April 2010. February rate but up from 6.8 percent in March 2010. Louisiana’s jobless rate was 25th in the nation and sixth in the Southern region, which posted a rate of 8.8 percent. The national unemployment rate was 9 percent. The national unemployment rate in April was 8.7 percent, down from 9.2 percent in March and 9.5 percent a year earlier.

Statewide, East Carroll Parish north of Monroe had the state’s highest rate at 16.9 percent, while Lafourche, La Salle and Terrebonne parishes had the lowest rate at 5.4 percent.

“Indicators continue to show that employers are adding jobs, with growth in many private industry sectors,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink. “We continue to be encouraged by what our employer surveys tell us.”