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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in November 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Baton Rouge unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Louisiana 4.5% -0.1 -1.2
Baton Rouge 3.8% +0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, National

Baton Rouge, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Baton Rouge peaked in December 2010 at 33,039. There are now 16,868 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,575 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 596. Baton Rouge employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 16,171 +596 -4,709

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 16,171
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.7% 15,575
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.8% 16,107
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 16,495
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.0% 16,585
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.5% 18,853
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.6% 19,137
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.5% 18,834
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 4.6% 18,939
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 5.0% 20,856
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 5.2% 22,159

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.