St. Mary Parish jobless rate up slightly
BATON ROUGE — St. Mary Parish’s unemployment rate rose to 6.8 percent in March, up from 6.6 percent in February but below the 8.2 percent a year ago in March, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6 percent, down from the rate of 6.6 percent in March of last year, the report released Thursday stated.
The parish job numbers also are not adjusted for seasonal factors such as holidays and weather.
The U.S. not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March, a decline from the rate of 8.4 percent from March 2012.
Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were down over the year in 57 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, up in six parishes and unchanged in one.
Unemployment rates improved over the year in seven of the state’s eight metropolitan statistical areas:
—Alexandria, 6 percent, down from 6.5 percent in March 2012;
—Baton Rouge, 5.8 percent, down from 6.6 percent;
—Houma, 4.1 percent, down from 4.7 percent;
—Lafayette, 4.3 percent, down from 4.9 percent;
—Lake Charles, 5.4 percent, down from 6.1 percent;
—Monroe, 6.5 percent, down from 7.2 percent;
—New Orleans, 6.0 percent, down from 6.7 percent;
—Shreveport, 6.5 percent, up from 6.4 percent.
Curt Eysink, Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director, said, “Louisiana employers continue to add jobs, which is why the unemployment rate in most of the state was better in March than a year ago.”
Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted civilian labor force — the number of people working or looking for work — was 2,064,753, a decrease of 2,870 over the year but an increase of 4,069 over the month. The number of employed in March was 1,940,973, an increase of 10,529 over the year and an increase of 164 over the month. The number of unemployed in Louisiana was 123,780 in March, a decrease of 13,399 over the year but an increase of 3,905 over the month.
The number of people employed in St. Mary Parish in March was 21,308, down from 21,316 in February and 21,311 in March 2012.
Not seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment was 1,948,100 in March, up 28,900 over the year. Private employers added 33,600 jobs over the year, pushing total private employment to 1,599,400. Growth was paced by gains in construction (9,800 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (7,600 jobs); and professional and business services (7,300 jobs).