Department of Numbers

Louisiana Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Louisiana fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2022 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Louisiana unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Louisiana 4.2% -0.1 -1.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Louisiana, National

Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Louisiana peaked in April 2020 at 269,341. There are now 181,541 fewer people unemployed in the state. Louisiana job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Louisiana 87,800 -1,475 -38,642

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Louisiana from 1990 to March 2022

Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 4.2% 87,800
February 2022 3.8% 4.3% 89,275
January 2022 4.0% 4.3% 89,808
December 2021 3.9% 4.4% 91,256
November 2021 4.2% 4.5% 92,993
October 2021 4.6% 4.6% 95,705
September 2021 4.7% 4.8% 99,497
August 2021 5.2% 5.2% 106,713
July 2021 5.4% 5.5% 113,262
June 2021 5.9% 5.8% 120,881
May 2021 5.8% 5.9% 122,739