Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Louisiana 5.9% -0.1 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in November 2010 at 173,591. There are now 50,475 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 115,583 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,533. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 123,116 -2,799 -9,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to January 2017

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.9% 123,116
December 2016 4.7% 6.0% 125,915
November 2016 4.6% 6.0% 126,841
October 2016 4.8% 6.1% 127,783
September 2016 4.9% 6.1% 128,828
August 2016 4.9% 6.1% 129,851
July 2016 4.9% 6.2% 130,886
June 2016 4.9% 6.2% 131,907
May 2016 4.7% 6.2% 132,706
April 2016 5.0% 6.2% 133,143
March 2016 5.0% 6.2% 133,242