Low oil prices slow job growth in some LA areas

Unemployment falls in many La. metro areas
Unemployment falls in many La. metro areas

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Unemployment fell in most of Louisiana's metropolitan areas in September, according to newly released data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The non-seasonally adjusted statistics show Baton Rouge and Lake Charles gaining the most jobs since September of last year.

However, LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink says, "the increases in those areas are somewhat offset by declines in Lafayette and Houma, where the effect of continuing low crude oil prices is most evident, and by soft job markets in New Orleans, Shreveport, Alexandria and Monroe."

Unemployment in New Orleans remained at 6.1 percent in September, a full percentage point drop from September of 2014.

Shreveport and Hammond tied for the highest September unemployment of 6.9 percent.

The LWC report indicates statewide September unemployment of 6.2 percent.

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