The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state hit an employment record for the month of June.

LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie says the state added nearly 37,000 jobs from June 2017 to bring the total number of jobs to 2,036,316.
“Construction is at an all-time high, a new series high for construction, and also in the Baton Rouge Metropolitan statistical area they’ve hit a high as well.”

Dejoie says manufacturing is another sector of our economy that’s doing very well.

“It’s really exciting that manufacturing gained 1,100 jobs over the month, and 3,700 over the year. Those are where we see a lot of very good high paying jobs.”

Every metro area in Louisiana reported a gain in jobs over the year, except Lafayette, which has lost 700 jobs since June 2017. But Dejoie says Lafayette had added 200 over the last month.

“We are doing alignment training with a utility company down in that region to look at how we can retrain some of those oil field workers and get them back to work.”