Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Louisiana 4.6% +0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in November 2010 at 174,806. There are now 77,250 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 94,761 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,795. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 97,556 +1,898 -14,468

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to May 2018

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 4.6% 97,556
April 2018 3.9% 4.5% 95,658
March 2018 4.1% 4.4% 94,761
February 2018 4.1% 4.5% 95,077
January 2018 4.1% 4.6% 96,568
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 99,639
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 99,270
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 99,134
September 2017 4.2% 4.8% 100,622
August 2017 4.4% 4.9% 102,968
July 2017 4.3% 5.0% 105,873
June 2017 4.3% 5.2% 108,987