Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2019 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in November 2010 at 8.4% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
Louisiana 4.5% -0.2 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with April data as May state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in November 2010 at 174,806. There are now 80,034 fewer people unemployed in the state. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 94,772 -4,265 -8,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to April 2019

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
May 2019 3.6%
April 2019 3.6% 4.5% 94,772
March 2019 3.8% 4.7% 99,037
February 2019 3.8% 4.9% 102,264
January 2019 4.0% 4.9% 102,713
December 2018 3.9% 4.9% 102,675
November 2018 3.7% 4.9% 102,439
October 2018 3.8% 4.9% 102,277
September 2018 3.7% 4.9% 102,815
August 2018 3.8% 4.9% 103,867
July 2018 3.9% 5.0% 104,955
June 2018 4.0% 5.0% 105,512