August 31, 2006
This month, a special issue of the Monthly Labor Review examines the impacts of Hurricane Katrina from several perspectives: labor market impacts on the local economies, program impacts on the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other data-gathering agencies, and the nature of the coastal economy at risk.
Employment in Louisiana fell sharply following Hurricane Katrina and remains well below its August 2005 level. In June 2006, nonfarm payroll employment in the New Orleans metro area was about 30 percent below the level a year earlier.
Employment in Mississippi edged down after Hurricane Katrina, but returned to its prehurricane level by February 2006. In the Gulfport-Biloxi metro area, however, employment was down 19 percent over the year ending June 2006.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, The labor market impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/aug/wk4/art04.htm (visited February 06, 2016).