There is a bit of irony in the news that Louisiana has more people working than ever before. The fact that more people are working and there are even more jobs available is actually causing the unemployment rate in the state to climb. You probably  furrowed your brow and tilted your head trying to comprehend that last statement, trust me I did to.

It seems to me that more jobs and more people working would make that unemployment rate go down. The fact that it doesn't is why so  many of us are skeptical of government reports but once you hear the explanation I think you'll feel better.

Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eyesink told the Louisiana Radio Network,

"We have more jobs than ever before, more people working than ever before, and the number of people available to work is bigger than it's ever been in Louisiana,"

The total of employed people in the state is now 1,988,900 and that is an all time high. Private employment jobs have increased by 31-thousand over the past year. Why would those numbers mean an increase in unemployment?

You have to understand how unemployment figures are tabulated. They don't just count people who don't have a job, they only count people who are currently looking for work and can't find it. There is an entire subculture of the economy that has just said to heck with it and has given  up on finding employment. The good news in this report is the fact that there are so many jobs now available more and more people are back in the market looking for work. Eyesink explains,

"To people who are now thinking, well maybe I'll get back into the workforce there are jobs there. And I think we are seeing people maybe moving into Louisiana for the jobs that we have,"
That is the reason for the increase in unemployment in the state from just over two percent to now over six percent. Some four percent of the work  force had been dormant in their job search and are now back in the market trying to find a job.  The more willing workers, the more we will find folks willing to work and that can only mean good things for our state.