Louisiana added 8,600 nonfarm jobs in January compared to a year earlier, as employment rose to 1,961,600.
The figures, which are not seasonally adjusted, were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Monday. The gain represented a 0.4 percent rise in jobs over the year.
Six of 11 industries posted gains in Louisiana, with education and health services, up 6,500 to 318,200; leisure and hospitality, up 2,800 to 232,900; and government, up 1,200 to 325,300, adding the most. Manufacturing added 100 jobs, bringing employment to 134,000. Financial activities, up 500, and other services, up 900, also rose.