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Lake Charles, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 92,100 jobs in Lake Charles, Louisiana in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 89,582 employed persons for the month. Lake Charles added 600 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 48 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Lake Charles job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 92,100 +600 -19,200
CPS 89,582 -48 -14,483

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 April 2018 at 118,800. Since then 26,700 jobs have been lost in Lake Charles according to the employer survey. From a trough of 84,600 in September 2020, Lake Charles has gained 7,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 110,184 for Lake Charles in March 2018. 20,602 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 6,056 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Lake Charles, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 92,100 600 89,582 -48
January 2021 91,500 500 89,630 -2,959
December 2020 91,000 600 92,589 2,199
November 2020 90,400 4,000 90,390 2,080
October 2020 86,400 1,800 88,310 -39
September 2020 84,600 -8,200 88,349 -7,487
August 2020 92,800 -2,400 95,836 3,704
July 2020 95,200 1,300 92,132 -185
June 2020 93,900 600 92,317 1,814
May 2020 93,300 -1,300 90,503 6,977
April 2020 94,600 -15,100 83,526 -17,400
March 2020 109,700 -1,600 100,926 -3,139