Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 4.6% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0 +0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 72,088 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 97,699 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,019. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 102,718 +43 +4,543

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.9% 102,718
December 2018 3.9% 4.9% 102,675
November 2018 3.7% 4.9% 102,439
October 2018 3.8% 4.9% 102,277
September 2018 3.7% 4.9% 102,815
August 2018 3.8% 4.9% 103,867
July 2018 3.9% 5.0% 104,955
June 2018 4.0% 5.0% 105,512
May 2018 3.8% 5.0% 105,087
April 2018 3.9% 4.9% 103,726
March 2018 4.0% 4.8% 101,771