State, parish unemployment levels drop
Unemployment in St. Mary Parish dipped slightly in June, coming in at 9.9 percent compared to 10.1 percent in May.
The parish recorded 20,567 employed in June, with 2,253 unemployed, while May’s numbers included 20,177 employed and 2,275 jobless.
In July 2010, 21,075 were employed and 2,375 were unemployed, which was also a 10.1 percent jobless rate.
Neighboring Assumption Parish remained in double-digit unemployment at 12 percent, down slightly from 12.2 percent in May. The jobless rate a year ago was 11.3 percent.
Iberia Parish’s jobless rate improved from 8 percent in May to 7.8 percent in June. In June 2010, the rate was 8.6 percent.
The Houma-Thibodaux-Bayou Cane Metropolitan Statistical Area, comprising Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, recorded the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.7 percent. Individually, Terrebonne had a 5.6 percent rate, and Lafourche has a 5.8 percent rate.
The Lafayette MSA, which includes Lafayette and St. Martin parishes, had an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent. Lafayette’s rate was 6 percent, while St. Martin’s was 7.6 percent; no separate calculation is made for Lower St. Martin.
Unemployment rates among parishes similar in size to St. Mary included St. Charles, 8 percent; St. John the Baptist, 10.4 percent; Acadia, 6.8 percent; Lincoln, 10.1 percent; Vermilion, 7 percent; Vernon, 8.3 percent; and Webster, 8.6 percent.
The highest unemployment rate in July is 18 percent, recorded in East Carroll Parish. Other double-digit rates are in West Carroll, Morehouse, Madison, Tensas, Catahoula, Franklin, Claiborne, Concordia, Natchitoches, Allen, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena and St. James.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped in June to 7.8 percent as job growth in the private sector continued to outweigh losses in government employment, the state Workforce Commission reported Friday.
The rate for May was 8.2 percent. The figures are adjusted for seasonal factors.
In June 2010, the state’s jobless rate was 7.5 percent.
Last month, the number of people listed as unemployed fell to 160,400 from 169,700 in May. At the same time, the civilian labor force — including the employed and those actively seeking work — fell by 15,100. During the economic downturn, economists have typically attributed part of a labor force downturn to people stopping their job hunts, as well as those who got jobs.
Still, Louisiana was only one of eight states that recorded jobless rate declines from May to June. Increases hit 28 states, while 14 states were unchanged.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the state had 27,800 more private-sector jobs in June than in June 2010. Over the same time, government employment fell by 15,200. The leading sectors included private education-health services, leisure-hospitality and manufacturing.