Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 1.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 15.1% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Louisiana 13.3% -1.8 +8.8

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 291,286. There are now 18,086 fewer people unemployed in the state. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 273,200 -18,086 +179,638

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to May 2020

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 13.3% 273,200
April 2020 14.7% 15.1% 291,286
March 2020 4.4% 6.7% 141,641
February 2020 3.5% 5.2% 109,854
January 2020 3.6% 5.3% 111,315
December 2019 3.5% 5.2% 108,997
November 2019 3.5% 5.2% 109,331
October 2019 3.6% 5.2% 108,903
September 2019 3.5% 5.1% 106,095
August 2019 3.7% 4.9% 102,362
July 2019 3.7% 4.7% 98,370