(Information in the following story is from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State labor officials say the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas each gained 12,600 nonfarm jobs over the year ended July 31.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday that seasonally adjusted numbers show that was a 3.3 percent increase to a new total of 397,200 jobs in the Baton Rouge area. New Orleans had a 2.3 percent increase to boost its job total to 557,300.

The Advocate reports the commission says big job gains were experienced at both goods-producing businesses and those that provide services in Baton Rouge, while the service-providing sector was responsible for most of the increase in New Orleans.