In local news:

After posting three straight years of manufacturing employment growth, Louisiana industrial jobs dipped slightly in the past year, according to the 2015 Louisiana Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. Data collected by MNI shows Louisiana lost 1,223 manufacturing jobs from May 2014 to May 2015, about a half percent. According to the report, job losses were largely due to the struggling oil and gas industry. Employment in oil and gas extraction shot up 38 percent from May 2011 to May 2014, according to MNI data, but fell 1.3 percent over this year’s survey period. The oil and gas industry currently ranks first in the state for industrial employment, with 25,934 workers.

Read the full report from MNI here.

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