Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 4.4% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Louisiana 4.9% -0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 70,456 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 94,761 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,589. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 104,350 -862 +4,711

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
December 2018 3.9% 4.9% 104,350
November 2018 3.7% 5.0% 105,212
October 2018 3.8% 5.0% 105,949
September 2018 3.7% 5.0% 106,412
August 2018 3.8% 5.0% 106,806
July 2018 3.9% 4.9% 105,019
June 2018 4.0% 4.7% 101,351
May 2018 3.8% 4.6% 97,535
April 2018 3.9% 4.5% 95,658
March 2018 4.0% 4.4% 94,761
February 2018 4.1% 4.5% 95,077
January 2018 4.1% 4.6% 96,568