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Louisiana lost about 1,000 jobs from July 2018 to July of this year while every other state increased employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state saw an increase of 1,100 private-sector jobs over the same period. The state has seen increases in the number of private-sector jobs for 17 consecutive months, the LWC said.

Louisiana has lost more than 2,000 government jobs since last year, according to the BLS.

“Louisiana continues to see its lowest unemployment rate in 11 years, which, when paired with our highest GDP and personal income on record, is good news for Louisiana,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a prepared statement.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased from 5 percent in July 2018 to 4.3 percent in July 2019. The rate was 6.1 percent when Edwards took office.

Job numbers mentioned above are seasonally adjusted, meaning the data has been tweaked to reduce the impact of predictable seasonal trends such as changes in weather, major holidays and harvest seasons.

In a news release, the Republican Governors Association cited the reduction in total jobs reported by BLS and said the state has lost 5,900 jobs since Edwards became governor in 2016.

“Louisiana has lost the most jobs of any state since Governor Edwards took office, and this new data shows his policies continue to drive away work and workers,” RGA Communications Director Amelia Chassé Alcivar said.

According to the Workforce Commission, seasonally-adjusted data shows six of Louisiana’s nine metropolitan areas lost jobs year-over-year:

• Alexandria lost 100 jobs from July 2018, but remained unchanged from June 2019.

• Baton Rouge lost 1,900 jobs from July 2018 and 1,100 jobs from June 2019.

• Hammond lost 100 jobs from July 2018 and 100 jobs from June 2019.

• Houma lost 2,900 jobs from July 2018 and 100 jobs from June 2019.

• Lafayette gained 1,800 jobs from July 2018 and 100 jobs from June 2019.

• Lake Charles gained 1,000 jobs from July 2018, but lost 100 jobs from June 2019.

• Monroe lost 500 jobs from July 2018 and 300 jobs from June 2019.

• New Orleans gained 8,200 jobs from July 2018 and 100 jobs from June 2019.

• Shreveport lost 3,100 jobs from July 2018 and 200 jobs from June 2019.

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David Jacobs is a Baton Rouge-based award-winning journalist who has written about government, politics, business and culture in Louisiana for almost 15 years. He joined The Center Square in 2018.