St. Mary Parish jobless rate down

Staff Report

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved to 7.1 percent in July, a 0.8 percent decline over the month and down 0.1 percent over the year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.

The national not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 7.7 percent, down 0.1 percent over the month and down 0.9 percent over the year.

St. Mary Parish’s July unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, down from 8.3 percent in June and 8.2 percent in July 2012.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force — the sum total of people working plus those looking for work — was 2,123,230 in July, an increase of 7,763 over the year and a decrease of 10,431 over the month.

The number employed was 1,971,631 in July, 8,411 more than a year earlier and an increase of 6,431 over the month. The number of unemployed in July was 151,599, which was 648 fewer than a year earlier and 16,862 fewer than the previous month.

St. Mary Parish’s number of employed in July was 22,022, up from 21,851 in June, but down from 22,178.

There were 1,803 people looking for work in St. Mary Parish in July, down from 1,975 in June and 1,977 in July 2012.

“Improvements in the number of people employed and unemployed are what drew down our unemployment rate,” Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “I’m encouraged that our labor force numbers improved not only over the month, which is what we’d expect for this time of year, but they improved over the year as well.”

Not seasonally adjusted July unemployment rates for Louisiana’s metropolitan statistical areas and their over the year changes were:

—Alexandria, 7.3 percent, unchanged from July 2012;

—Baton Rouge, 7.0 percent, down from 7.3 percent;

—Houma, 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent;

—Lafayette, 5.4 percent, up from 5.2 percent;

—Lake Charles, 6.4 percent, down from 6.6 percent;

—Monroe, 7.5 percent, down from 7.8 percent;

—New Orleans, 7.2 percent, down from 7.3 percent;

—Shreveport, 7.5 percent, up from 7.0 percent.

The unemployment rate and civilian labor figures are estimated from a survey of 750 Louisiana households. The Bureau of Labor uses a separate survey of 6,000 businesses across the state and across industries to calculate nonfarm employment. July’s not seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 1,931,700, up 28,000 over the year and down 17,800 from the previous month.

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