The Baton Rouge metro area added 3,500 jobs in January compared to the employment total in January 2018, marking the 11 straight months of year-over-year of jobs gains. The not-so-good news is January’s total employment of 504,000 is 7,000 below the December 2018 figure.

The latest data, reported by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, were not seasonally adjusted. The unemployment rate in the Baton Rouge area was 4.7%, up from 4.3% in January 2018.  

The Baton Rouge construction sector in January added 2,600 jobs from a year ago, the most of any sector. Manufacturing was up 500 jobs and government grew by 1,800 jobs from January 2018 figures.

Compared to last December, however, construction employment shrunk by 2,000 jobs and has seen shrinking employment in

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