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Lake Charles, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 101,500 jobs in Lake Charles, Louisiana in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 99,275 employed persons for the month. Lake Charles lost 200 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 284 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Lake Charles job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 101,500 -200 +3,800
CPS 99,275 -284 +3,234

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 17,300 jobs have been lost in Lake Charles according to the employer survey. From a trough of 84,500 in September 2020, Lake Charles has gained 17,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 110,740 for Lake Charles in March 2018. 11,465 jobs have been lost in Lake Charles since then according to the household survey. From a September 2020 low of 81,068, Lake Charles has added 18,207 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Lake Charles, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 101,500 -200 99,275 -284
August 2022 101,700 300 99,559 -272
July 2022 101,400 -200 99,831 -72
June 2022 101,600 100 99,903 491
May 2022 101,500 0 99,412 548
April 2022 101,500 -100 98,864 648
March 2022 101,600 500 98,216 698
February 2022 101,100 600 97,518 647
January 2022 100,500 -100 96,871 459
December 2021 100,600 700 96,412 -39
November 2021 99,900 300 96,451 42
October 2021 99,600 1,900 96,409 368