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The New Orleans metro area has added back 22,200 jobs compared to June 2020 when pandemic-related restrictions cut into the job market.

The Crescent City area had 528,600 nonfarm jobs last month, up 4.3% compared to June 2020 but still well short of 588,300 jobs pre-pandemic in June 2019, according to data released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The numbers are not seasonally adjusted and are from data compiled through surveys conducted in mid-June.

Two sectors were still down from June 2020. Financial activities had 28,900 jobs, down 600 jobs over the year but topping 27,900 jobs in June 2019. Construction had 25,200 jobs, down 1,100 over the year and still down 32,700 jobs compared to June 2019.

Leisure and hospitality had 66,100 jobs, up 9,300 jobs over the year but way down compared to 97,000 jobs in June 2019. Manufacturing had 28,700 jobs, up 200 over the year but down compared to 30,200 June 2019. Trade, transportation and utilities, with 103,900 jobs, was up 3,700 over the year but down from 112,500 in June 2019. Education and health services had 102,700 jobs, up 4,200 jobs over the year and topping the more than 101,500 in June 2019. Professional and business services had 71,700 jobs, up 4,500 over the year but down compared to 77,900 in June 2019. Government had 70,800 jobs, up 300 over the year but down from 72,500 jobs in June 2019. Other services had 21,700 jobs, up 1,500 jobs over the year but down compared to 25,000 in June 2019. Information, which includes the motion picture industry, had 5,400 jobs, up 400 jobs over the year but down compared to 6,700 in June 2019. Mining and logging had 3,500 jobs, down 200 over the year and still down compared to 4,400 jobs in June 2019.

The New Orleans metro unemployment rate was 8.9% compared to 8.2% in May and 12.6% in June 2020. Louisiana’s unemployment rate was 7.4%, compared to 10.3% last year. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.1% compared to 11.2% in June 2020.

OTHER AREAS: Baton Rouge added back 18,300 jobs for 385,100 jobs, still down compared to 411,000 jobs in June 2019. The Lafayette metro area had 192,600 jobs, up 6,800 jobs over the year but still down compared to 205,900 in June 2019. Alexandria had 59,900 jobs, up from 58,300 jobs; Houma-Thibodaux, 82,900 jobs, up from 78,900; Monroe, 74,400 jobs, up from 72,100; Shreveport-Bossier City, 170,800 jobs, up from 163,300; Lake Charles, 93,200 jobs, down from 95,200 jobs; and Hammond, 45,500 jobs, up from 43,600 a year ago.

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