St. Mary Parish jobless rate down

St. Mary Parish’s unemployment rate ticked up to 6.3 percent in December from November’s 5.4 percent rate, the federal Bureau of Labor reported.

But the parish unemployment rate was down from 8.1 percent a year ago in December.

The number of employed people jumped by 857 from December 2011 to 21,658 in December. But there were 112 fewer people employed in December compared to November.

The report states there were 1,449 people unemployed in December, up from 1,238 in November and down from 1,839 in December 2011.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was down over the year in all 64 parishes, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in December from 6.6 percent a year ago. The U.S. rate also improved to 7.6 percent in December from 8.3 percent in December 2011.

The unemployment rate is developed from a sample survey of residences by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Though they all were down over the year, December unemployment rates in the MSAs were up from November:

—Alexandria, 5.7 percent, up from 4.5 percent in November 2012.

—Baton Rouge, 5.4 percent, up from 4.5 percent.

—Houma, 3.7 percent, up from 3.1 percent.

—Lafayette, 3.7 percent, up from 3.1 percent.

—Lake Charles, 5.3 percent, up from 4.2 percent.

—Monroe, 5.8 percent, up from 4.9 percent.

—New Orleans, 5.5 percent, up from 4.7 percent.

—Shreveport, 5.7 percent, up from 4.8 percent.

The household survey estimates of Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force — the number of people working or looking for work — decreased by 2,689 over the month, but increased by 31,942 over the year to 2,075,211. The not seasonally adjusted estimate shows the number of people employed in December was 1,961,016, a decrease of 21,300 over the month but an increase of 52,111 over the year.

The number of people unemployed in December was 114,195, an increase of 18,611 over the month, but down by 20,169 over the year.

A separate Bureau of Labor survey of Louisiana employers showed the state had an increase of 23,600 not seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year to a total of 1,961,500 in December. Private industry sectors added 25,800 workers over the year.

“The improvements over the year far outweigh any month-to-month changes. Louisiana’s workforce grew stronger in 2012, the private sector continued to add jobs and far fewer people were drawing unemployment in December 2012 than a year earlier,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said.

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