Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 7.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 13.1% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Louisiana 7.1% -0.1 -6.0

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 268,196. There are now 121,863 fewer people unemployed in the state. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 146,333 -3,003 -121,605

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to May 2021

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 7.1% 146,333
April 2021 6.1% 7.2% 149,336
March 2021 6.0% 7.4% 152,530
February 2021 6.2% 7.6% 157,179
January 2021 6.3% 7.6% 158,490
December 2020 6.7% 7.9% 165,493
November 2020 6.7% 7.9% 164,692
October 2020 6.9% 7.9% 164,481
September 2020 7.8% 8.0% 167,013
August 2020 8.4% 8.2% 171,696
July 2020 10.2% 9.1% 177,699