Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2019 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 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 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Louisiana 4.9% +0.2 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 71,380 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 90,154 in August 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,272. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 103,426 +4,728 +751

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 4.9% 103,426
November 2019 3.5% 4.7% 98,698
October 2019 3.6% 4.5% 94,149
September 2019 3.5% 4.3% 90,939
August 2019 3.7% 4.3% 90,154
July 2019 3.7% 4.3% 90,248
June 2019 3.7% 4.3% 90,492
May 2019 3.6% 4.4% 92,159
April 2019 3.6% 4.5% 94,751
March 2019 3.8% 4.7% 99,037
February 2019 3.8% 4.9% 102,264