Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2016 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in October 2010 at 8.3% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Louisiana 6.3% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in November 2010 at 173,591. There are now 38,827 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 115,610 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,154. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 134,764 +171 +3,576

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to July 2016

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
July 2016 4.9% 6.3% 134,764
June 2016 4.9% 6.2% 134,593
May 2016 4.7% 6.3% 135,593
April 2016 5.0% 6.3% 135,704
March 2016 5.0% 6.1% 132,006
February 2016 4.9% 5.9% 127,483
January 2016 4.9% 5.9% 125,061
December 2015 5.0% 5.8% 124,408
November 2015 5.0% 5.9% 125,286
October 2015 5.0% 5.9% 126,467
September 2015 5.1% 6.0% 127,721
August 2015 5.1% 6.0% 129,181