Louisiana has hit an all-time high in the number of employed individuals. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) began publishing seasonally adjusted civilian labor force for employed in 1976. As of April 2018, Louisiana recorded its all-time record of seasonally adjusted employed at 2,042,495.

From April 2017, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 47,654 to 2,042,495. From March 2018, seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 3,498. The number of seasonally adjusted unemployed individuals decreased by 19,136 to 95,725 from April 2017.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, or the number of people who are employed in addition to those looking for work, increased by 28,518 from April 2017. This is the highest recorded civilian labor force since March 2016. From March 2018, the civilian labor force increased by 4,462.

“Our state is witnessing positive employment growth across multiple industry sectors, as more job seekers are being matched with available opportunities,” said Ava Dejoie, Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).

“Our objective remains clear and we must continue working to meet the needs of both job seekers and employer in order to fortify the state’s workforce population.”

The following industries showed the largest gains:

• Education & Health Services gained 2,500 jobs for the month and 7,800 jobs for the year. The Education and Health Services employment sector is at a series high for employment.

• Construction gained 2,200 jobs for the month and 2,300 jobs for the year. The Construction employment sector is currently at a series high for employment.

• Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,700 jobs for the month and 6,700 jobs for the year. The Leisure and Hospitality sector is at a series high for employment.

• Professional and Business Services gained 800 jobs for the month and 6,700 jobs for the year.

• Manufacturing gained 800 jobs for the month and 2,500 jobs for the year.