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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in November 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Baton Rouge unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Louisiana 4.7% -0.1 -1.3
Baton Rouge 3.9% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, National

Baton Rouge, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Baton Rouge peaked in December 2010 at 33,039. There are now 16,537 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Baton Rouge employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 16,502 -83 -5,083

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 16,502
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.0% 16,585
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 4.5% 18,853
August
2017
4.4% 5.2% 4.6% 19,137
July
2017
4.3% 5.3% 4.5% 18,834
June
2017
4.3% 5.4% 4.6% 18,939
May
2017
4.3% 5.7% 5.0% 20,856
April
2017
4.4% 5.8% 5.2% 22,159
March
2017
4.5% 5.7% 4.9% 20,820
February
2017
4.7% 5.8% 4.9% 20,880
January
2017
4.8% 5.9% 4.9% 20,414

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.