St. Mary Parish jobless rate up

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in April, an increase of 0.2 percent over the month and over the year, according to a news release from Louisiana Workforce Commission.

St. Mary Parish’s jobless rate in April was 6.9 percent, up from 6.7 percent in March, but down from 7.3 percent a year ago in April, stated the report released Thursday.

The U.S. not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in April, down 0.5 percent from last month and down 0.6 percent from a year ago.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force — the number of people working or looking for work — rose to 2,083,585 in April, an increase of 8,961 over the year and 19,043 over the month.

There were 21,514 people employed in St. Mary Parish in April, up from 21,423 in March. The number of unemployed rose from 1,543 in March to 1,588 in April. St. Mary Parish had 1,708 unemployed in April 2012.

The number of employed in April was 1,954,430, an increase of 4,920 over the year and 13,614 over the month. The number of unemployed in Louisiana was 129,155 in April, an increase of 4,041 over the year and 5,429 over the month.

Not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment was 1,951,000 in April, up 19,500 over the year. Private employers added 24,200 jobs over the year, pushing not seasonally adjusted private employment to 1,601,900.

Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were up over the year in six of eight of Louisiana’s metro areas.

The metro area April rates were:

—Alexandria, 6.2 percent, up from 5.9 percent in April 2012;

—Baton Rouge, 5.9 percent, down from 6.0 percent;

—Houma, 4.4 percent, up from 4.2 percent;

—Lafayette, 4.6 percent, up from 4.4 percent;

—Lake Charles, 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent;

—Monroe, 6.7 percent, up from 6.5 percent;

—New Orleans, 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent;

—Shreveport, 6.6 percent, up from 5.9 percent.

Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, said, “Not seasonally adjusted rates bounce around from month to month. The long-term trends for Louisiana have been strong for well over two years now and remain strong.”

Parish employment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal factors such as holidays and weather.

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