Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 6.1%. 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 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Louisiana 6.1% -0.1 +0.3

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 44,242 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 115,610 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,739. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 129,349 -1,556 +4,941

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 6.1% 129,349
November 2016 4.6% 6.2% 130,905
October 2016 4.8% 6.3% 134,141
September 2016 4.9% 6.4% 136,999
August 2016 4.9% 6.3% 134,246
July 2016 4.9% 6.3% 134,677
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