Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Louisiana 4.8% -0.3 -1.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 73,316 fewer people unemployed in the state. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 100,275 -5,461 -27,508

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.8% 100,275
September 2017 4.2% 5.1% 105,736
August 2017 4.4% 5.2% 107,474
July 2017 4.3% 5.3% 109,930
June 2017 4.4% 5.4% 114,864
May 2017 4.3% 5.7% 121,126
April 2017 4.4% 5.8% 122,972
March 2017 4.5% 5.7% 120,199
February 2017 4.7% 5.8% 121,847
January 2017 4.8% 5.9% 123,110
December 2016 4.7% 6.0% 125,915