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Lake Charles, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 98,200 jobs in Lake Charles, Louisiana in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 92,927 employed persons for the month. Lake Charles added 3,900 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 9,401 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Lake Charles job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 98,200 +3,900 -17,000
CPS 92,927 +9,401 -13,316

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Lake Charles, Louisiana Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Lake Charles as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Lake Charles, Louisiana

CES employment for Lake Charles peaked in August 2018 at 118,600. Since then 20,400 jobs have been lost in Lake Charles according to the employer survey. From a trough of 94,300 in April 2020, Lake Charles has gained 3,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 110,184 for Lake Charles in March 2018. 17,257 jobs have been lost in Lake Charles since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 83,526, Lake Charles has added 9,401 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Lake Charles, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 98,200 3,900 92,927 9,401
April 2020 94,300 -14,000 83,526 -17,400
March 2020 108,300 -2,400 100,926 -3,139
February 2020 110,700 -600 104,065 -69
January 2020 111,300 0 104,134 293
December 2019 111,300 -400 103,841 -168
November 2019 111,700 -600 104,009 -237
October 2019 112,300 -700 104,246 -285
September 2019 113,000 -100 104,531 -349
August 2019 113,100 200 104,880 -422
July 2019 112,900 -1,700 105,302 -471
June 2019 114,600 -600 105,773 -470