Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 1.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 15.1% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.7% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Louisiana 8.3% -1.1 +3.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 117,316 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 161,816 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,154. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 173,970 -23,610 +64,639

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 8.3% 173,970
October 2020 6.9% 9.4% 197,580
September 2020 7.8% 8.0% 167,815
August 2020 8.4% 7.7% 161,816
July 2020 10.2% 9.4% 188,490
June 2020 11.1% 9.5% 190,530
May 2020 13.3% 14.2% 289,495
April 2020 14.8% 15.1% 291,286
March 2020 4.4% 6.7% 141,641
February 2020 3.5% 5.2% 109,854
January 2020 3.5% 5.3% 111,315