The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July is down almost a full percentage point from this time last year. L-W-C Secretary Ava Dejoie says the number of people looking for work has declined by 14-thousand over the last year.

“The unemployment rate for the month of July 4.3% which remains unchanged from our June number and it’s the second unemployment rate for the month of July,” said Dejoie.

Dejoie says this is the fourth consecutive month the state remains at full employment, meaning there are more vacancies in the workforce than there are people left to fill those jobs.

New Orleans showed the biggest year-to-year gain, up 8,200 jobs. Dejoie Education and Health services gained 8,700 jobs year-to-year and is at a record high at 323,000 jobs.

Shreveport lost 3,100 jobs over the year, while Houma lost 2,900 jobs. The Republican Governor’s Association says based on the nonfarm seasonally adjusted numbers, Louisiana lost 1,000 jobs over the last year, the only state to lose jobs during this period.

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