Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.1%. 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 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Louisiana 6.1% -0.2 -1.1

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in November 2010 at 173,591. There are now 43,745 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 114,538 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,308. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 129,846 -4,721 -29,514

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to December 2015

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 6.1% 129,846
November 2015 5.0% 6.3% 134,567
October 2015 5.0% 6.2% 132,545
September 2015 5.1% 6.0% 128,922
August 2015 5.1% 6.0% 130,602
July 2015 5.3% 6.2% 136,489
June 2015 5.3% 6.4% 141,290
May 2015 5.5% 6.6% 145,674
April 2015 5.4% 6.6% 145,756
March 2015 5.5% 6.6% 145,300
February 2015 5.5% 6.7% 148,231