The Baton Rouge metro area has added back 23,500 jobs since May 2020 near the outset of coronavirus pandemic, but all but one employment sector have not regained enough jobs to match the comparable month of May 2019.
The capital region had 385,100 nonfarm jobs last month, up 6.5% compared to May 2020, according to data released Tuesday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Louisiana had 1.8 million nonfarm jobs last month, 97,300 more jobs, or 5.5%, higher than in May 2020. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted and are from data compiled through surveys conducted in mid-May.
The government sector, which includes public school system teachers but also state workers, remains the largest employer in Baton Rouge, with 76,900 jobs that now tops the 76,400 people employed in that sector in May 2019.
Trade, transportation and utilities businesses remain lower than before the pandemic with 67,200 workers in the nine-parish Baton Rouge metro area.
Education and health services, which includes charter and private school teachers, had 51,600 jobs, up from 50,000 in May 2020 but still down from 54,100 in May 2019.
Professional and business services had 46,500 jobs, up from 45,800 one year ago but still down from 49,700 jobs.
Local construction employment has surpassed May 2020, with 40,600 workers compared to 36,900 but has not breached May 2019 employment of 50,600 jobs when major industrial projects were still in play.
Leisure and hospitality had 36,100 jobs, up from last year’s low of 26,900 but has not rebounded to 40,600 workers in May 2019.
Manufacturing hit 29,000 jobs, flat over the year, but still 800 jobs shy of May 2019.
Financial activities employed 16,500 workers, down from 16,700 in May 2020, still further from 18,900 before the pandemic in May 2019.
Other services had 15,400 jobs, up from 13,400 jobs in May 2020 but down compared to 17,100 in May 2019.
Information, which includes the motion picture industry, hit 4,600 jobs compared to 4,000 jobs in May 2020 and was down from 5,000 in May 2019.
The Baton Rouge unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 6%, compared to 12.4% in May 2020. Louisiana’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, compared to 13.5% last year. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5% compared to 13% in May 2020.
NEW ORLEANS: The Crescent City metro area regained 32,000 jobs over the year to 524,400 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities work dominated the region with 103,800 jobs compared to 96,900 in May 2020, still down compared to 112,200 jobs in May 2019. Leisure and hospitality had 64,300 jobs compared to 48,500 in May 2020, a far cry from 92,400 jobs in May 2019. The New Orleans unemployment rate was 8.1%, down from 8.2% in April and 16.7% in May 2020.
LAFAYETTE AREA: The Acadiana metro area added 7,800 jobs over the year to 191,700 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities was the largest employment sector in the region with 40,000 workers, up from 38,000 last year but shy of the 41,800 in May 2019. Education and health services accounted for 33,400 jobs, up from 30,700 jobs in May 2020 and topping May 2019’s 32,600 jobs. Leisure and hospitality had 19,700 jobs compared to 15,900 in May 2020, down still from 21,900 in May 2019. The Lafayette unemployment rate was 6% in May, flat over the month, but up from a peak in May 2020 of 12%.
Number of Louisiana jobs drops by 4,700 in May
OTHER AREAS: The Hammond metro unemployment rate was 7.5% with 45,800 jobs compared to 42,200 a year ago; Lake Charles, 6.9% with 93,500 jobs compared to 93,700; Shreveport-Bossier City, 6.5% with 167,300 jobs compared to 157,900; Monroe, 5.8% with 74,600 jobs compared to 70,700; Houma-Thibodaux, 5.6% with 82,700 jobs compared to 78,700; Alexandria, 4.6% with 59,800 jobs compared to 57,000.
Baton Rouge lost 1,500 jobs between March and April, up over height of pandemic losses
Acadiana lost 300 jobs between March and April, still up 8,600 jobs for the year