Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in September 2010 at 7.8% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Louisiana 4.5% -0.4 -1.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 67,459 fewer people unemployed in the state. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 94,932 -7,578 -38,612

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 4.5% 94,932
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
August 2013 7.2% 6.2% 130,623
July 2013 7.3% 6.4% 133,452
June 2013 7.5% 6.4% 134,652
May 2013 7.5% 6.4% 135,027
April 2013 7.5% 6.4% 135,070
March 2013 7.5% 6.4% 134,661