Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Louisiana 5.0% +0.1 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 67,981 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 94,761 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,064. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 106,825 +1,806 +3,857

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 5.0% 106,825
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 4.1% 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