Iberville’s jobless rate stands at 7.2%

Deidre Cruse

Iberville Parish’s unemployment rate stood at 7.2 percent in October, down from 7.9 percent in September, according to the latest report from the Louisiana Workforce Commission (formerly the Department of Labor).

The October rate, however, was nearly three percent higher than the local rate of 4.5 percent in October 2007.

It also was ahead of the 5.1 percent rate for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the statewide rate of 5.3 percent and the national rate of 6.1 percent.

According to the commission, the national rate climbed from 4.4 percent in October 2007 to 6.0 in September, while the state rate rose from 3.3 percent in October 2007 to 5.2 percent in September.

Again Iberville’s unemployment rate was second only to St. Helena Parish’s rate of 9.1 percent in the nine-parish Baton Rouge MSA.

Statewide, Lafayette Parish had the lowest jobless rate at 3.6 percent in October, while East Carroll Parish had the highest at 10.9 percent. The number unemployed workers rose from 106,480 in September to 114,348 in October, although the commission noted an increase in the number of seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs.

Locally, there were 364 more workers out of jobs in October this year than last.

The latest report showed 11,827 residents with jobs, and 923 unemployed. That is compared to 11.710 employed and 1,010 unemployed in September and 11,746 employed and 559 unemployed in October 2007.