Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.6%. 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 1.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Louisiana 6.6% 0.0 +0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 27,847 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 114,538 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 31,206. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 145,744 -12 +19,635

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
June 2015 5.3%
May 2015 5.5% 6.6% 145,744
April 2015 5.4% 6.6% 145,756
March 2015 5.5% 6.6% 145,300
February 2015 5.5% 6.7% 148,231
January 2015 5.7% 7.0% 153,619
December 2014 5.6% 7.2% 159,360
November 2014 5.8% 7.2% 157,136
October 2014 5.7% 7.0% 154,036
September 2014 5.9% 6.9% 149,989
August 2014 6.1% 6.7% 144,952
July 2014 6.2% 6.4% 139,071