November 2019 employment shows gains for state, Shreveport MSA

BATON ROUGE – Preliminary data released at the end of December by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) shows that the Baton Rouge metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has set another nonfarm employment record at 415,200 jobs for November 2019.

The Shreveport Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) gained 1,000 jobs from October 2019. However, compared to November 2018, the MSA was down 200 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 9,000 jobs from 1,984,400 in November 2018 to 1,993,400 jobs in November 2019. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment has added jobs over the year the past four months. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment is at its highest level since November 2015. From October 2019, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 4,100 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 10,900 jobs from 1,656,900 in November 2018 to 1,667,800 jobs in November 2019. Seasonally adjusted private sector employment has added jobs over the year for 21 straight months. From October 2019, seasonally adjusted private sector employment increased by 4,400 jobs.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 3,490 from 2,095,272 in October 2019 to 2,098,762 in November 2019.

Compared to November 2018, Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent in November 2019.