Louisiana oil, gas jobs continued slide in June despite unemployment falling statewide

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Oil and gas jobs in Louisiana have continued to plummet in the state, sinking to their lowest levels in almost a decade.

According to The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1OlImOA ), the Louisiana Workforce Commission on Tuesday announced that the mining and logging sector, which includes many oil and gas jobs, lost 300 jobs in June and has dropped 6,000 this year. That brought the total number of mining and logging jobs to 47,700, the lowest in the state since May 2006.

Overall, unemployment in the state dropped from 6.6 percent in May to 6.4 percent last month.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics exhibited sizable growth in other job sectors. A survey of 7,000 employers showed the state added 5,000 nonfarm jobs over the month and 13,400 over the year.

Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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