St. Mary Parish jobless rate down

The St. Mary Parish unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in September, down from 8.6 percent a year ago, according to a federal Bureau of Labor Statistic report.

September’s jobless rate was also down from 8.5 percent in August in the report released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission Thursday.

St. Mary Parish’s unemployment rate decline mirrors the state’s, which had the lowest jobless rate in nearly three years, the report stated.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September dropped to 6.3 percent from 7.3 percent in August and from 7.2 percent in September 2011. The U.S. rate improved to 7.6 percent from 8.2 percent in August and 8.8 percent in September 2011. The unemployment rate is developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from a sample survey of residences.

In St. Mary Parish, there were 1,708 people looking for work and 21,498 employed in September, the report stated. A year ago in September, there were 20,887 people working and 1,972 people unemployed.

Unemployment rates in September were lower over the year and over the month in every metropolitan statistical area. The metropolitan statistical area September rates and their change from August are:

Alexandria, 6.1 percent, down from 7.2 percent in August 2012.

Baton Rouge, 6.2 percent, down from 7.2 percent.

Houma, 4.2 percent, down from 4.9 percent.

Lafayette, 4.1 percent, down from 5.0 percent.

Lake Charles, 5.7 percent, down from 6.7 percent.

Monroe, 6.8 percent, down from 8.1 percent.

New Orleans, 6.7 percent, down from 7.5 percent.

Shreveport, 6.5 percent, down from 7.2 percent.

Curt Eysink, Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director, said, “Our private sector has added jobs for more than two straight years and unemployment is declining.”

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