In September, Lafayette Parish had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, 4.0%, according to preliminary unemployment numbers released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Lafayette Parish has had the lowest unemployment rate in Louisiana for eight of the last nine months. The unemployment rate for the Lafayette MSA, which includes Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes, was 4.1%, also the lowest in the state. According to LWC September figures, there were 166,600 non-farm jobs in the Lafayette MSA, an increase of 13,300 jobs from September 2011. Since September 2011, the service-providing sector has added 8,700 jobs, with the largest increases coming from Health Care and Professional Services— 2,500 and 2,400 jobs respectively. Goods-producing industries added another 4,600 jobs since last September. Of that, Mining (oil and gas) and Manufacturing saw the largest gains in employment— 2,400 and 1,900 jobs respectively. All other industries saw employment increases, except the Information and Government sectors which were unchanged over the year. "With the positive employment trend continuing into the fourth quarter and holiday hiring already underway at many establishments, 2012 looks to end on a very high note for Acadiana's labor force," says Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. Louisiana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September was 7.0% and the national rate was 7.8%.