The Lafayette metro area added 7,800 jobs over the year to reach 191,700 jobs in May, still well below the 206,200 it had the year before the coronavirus pandemic.

Louisiana had 1.8 million last month, 97,300 more jobs, or 5.5%, higher than in May 2020, according to data released Tuesday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission that is not seasonally adjusted and from data compiled through surveys conducted in mid-May. 

Trade, transportation and utilities was the largest employment sector in the region with 40,000 workers, up from 38,000 last year but not higher than 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%. 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.

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BATON ROUGE: The Capital metro area lost 1,400 jobs over the month to 385,100 non-farm jobs in May. Government jobs hit 76,900 compared to before the pandemic began in May 2019 with 76,400 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities businesses had 67,200 jobs. Education and health services, 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 compared to 49,700 jobs. Construction surpassed May 2020 with 40,600 workers compared to 36,900 but has not breached May 2019 employment of 50,600 jobs. 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 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. 

NEW ORLEANS: The Crescent City metro area regained 32,000 jobs over the year for 524,400 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities 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 Mary 2019. The New Orleans unemployment rate was 8.1%, down from 8.2% in April and from 16.7% in May 2020.

OTHER AREAS: The Hammond metro unemployment rate was 7.5% with

Acadiana added 1,800 jobs between February and March, the largest increase posted by any of the state’s metro regions.

The increase brought the number of jobs in metro Lafayette to 190,300, which was still down 12,900 jobs, or 6.4%, from March 2020 — a period just ahead of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic hitting the state.

Louisiana added 7,100 jobs month-to-month for a total of 1.8 million, according to data released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. That’s still down 134,700 jobs, or 6.8%, from March 2020. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

The data was compiled through surveys conducted during the second week in March, which was after the state removed capacity restrictions on most businesses for the first time in more than a year. Even so, social distancing requirements still restrict how many customers many establishments across the state can have indoors. Live music indoors has also returned with some limitations. Around the same time the survey was taken, the state was expanding the pool of people eligible to get the COVID vaccine.

The March 2020 data was collected the week before the state shut down schools, bars, casinos and restaurant dining rooms in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Professional and business services added 500 jobs in March, bringing the number of jobs in that field in metro Lafayette to 21,500. That’s 200 fewer jobs than the 21,700 in March 2020.

The leisure and hospitality sector is still down 1,600 jobs, or 7.7%, from the 20,900 jobs it had a year ago. The sector gained 200 jobs from February to March.

Mining and logging, which includes oil and gas, added 600 jobs for the month, bringing the total to 9,900. That’s down 2,600 jobs, or 20.8%, from a year ago.

The unemployment rate in Lafayette was 6% in March, down from 6.5% in February, but up from 5.2% in March 2020. That figure is not seasonally adjusted.

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The Louisiana unemployment rate was 6.6% in March, better than the 7.1% unemployment rate in February. The state’s unemployment rate in March 2020 was 5.3%.

BATON ROUGE: There were 300 fewer people working in Baton Rouge in March, bringing the total number of jobs to 387,400. That’s down 21,000, or 5.1%, from the 408,400 jobs in March 2020.

The Baton Rouge unemployment rate was 5.8% in March, down from 6.2% in February but up from 4.9% in March 2020.

NEW ORLEANS: The Crescent City metro area dropped 900 jobs between February to March to 523,000 jobs. That was down 55,800 jobs, or 9.6%, from a year ago.

The New Orleans unemployment rate was 8%, down from 8.6% in February but up from 4.9% in March 2020.

OTHER AREAS: Lake Charles added 900 jobs over the month but lost 17,200 jobs over the year to 92,100; Shreveport-Bossier City added 500 jobs month-to-month but was still down 11,800 jobs over the year to 166,600; Alexandria added

LAFAYETTE — In Lafayette some are questioning what their children will do during the summer. The confusion comes after last night’s council meeting.

Councilman Glenn Lazard asked Interim Director of Parks and Recreation, Hollis Conway, about summer recreational programs.

“What about summer programs in general. Can you get us some kind of status update of what programs might be available, at what facilities, and what have you?” Lazard asked.

Mayor-President Josh Guillory took the question.

“As of right now we do not have any scheduled, but that does not mean we are not going to,” Guillory answered.

He continued, explaining that the lack of funding is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bring us some ideas if you hear of any partnerships,” Guillory added. “We’re open to anything.”

Conway tells KATC that the was a misunderstanding. Summer enrichment camps are the only programs not scheduled to take place. Registration was canceled in December.

“There was so much uncertainty on whether we could have large gatherings, or if people would be comfortable gathering there was no way to anticipate where we would be now,” Conway said.

Conway continues there is not enough time to plan for the camps.

“Really whether we had the money or not, we still would not be able to do the summer camps because of timing issues. As of summer programming we are fully locked and loaded with our current programming and new programming” Conway said.

Some of the new youth recreational programs include;

  • Greater Lafayette Little League

Opening ceremonies next weekend. Kids can still register. Parks and Rec partnered with the Public Housing Authority to identify underprivileged families who can’t afford registration. Fees are waived for those families. The same goes for any Parks and Rec programs. If families can’t afford it, fees are waived.600 kids have registered to play in the Greater Lafayette Little League. The league reaches beyond Lafayette Parish and has attracted players from nearby parishes. Kids can still register. Contact the following to register.
Walter Guillory, [email protected], Anthony DeRousselle, [email protected] or, Bill Verret, [email protected]

  • Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition

Planning is still in the works. Announcement coming soon. No registration fee. Free.Youth skills competition with kids competing against each other. Winners go to the MLB Youth Academy in New Orleans to participate in pitch, hit and run competition. Winners then advance to the same competition in Houston at Minute Maid Park. Final advancement is to the MLB All-Star game to watch the game, and a final pitch, hit and run competition will take place that same week.

In the meantime, students who can’t afford travel volleyball over the summer, will use LCG facilities to work on their skills.

Track is an existing program. Four track meets held per year. No registration fee. Free.

  • Bring Your Own Basketball Team (BYOT)

These are travel teams that don’t have a local facility to play. They compete elsewhere, typically on weekends. LCG has offered its facilities so the kids can have more play time