Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in September 2010 at 7.8% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.5 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Louisiana 6.0% +0.2 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in October 2010 at 162,391. There are now 32,667 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 93,446 in March 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 36,278. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 129,724 +6,444 +3,334

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to September 2014

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
September 2014 5.9% 6.0% 129,724
August 2014 6.1% 5.8% 123,280
July 2014 6.2% 5.4% 113,836
June 2014 6.1% 5.0% 105,093
May 2014 6.3% 4.9% 103,262
April 2014 6.3% 4.5% 94,829
March 2014 6.7% 4.5% 93,446
February 2014 6.7% 4.5% 94,911
January 2014 6.6% 4.9% 102,510
December 2013 6.7% 5.4% 112,477
November 2013 7.0% 5.6% 116,833
October 2013 7.2% 5.8% 121,619
September 2013 7.2% 6.0% 126,390