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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in November 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 2019, 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 July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Louisiana 4.3% 0.0 -0.7
Baton Rouge 4.0% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 33,054. There are now 16,374 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,292 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 388. Baton Rouge employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 16,680 +320 -2,361

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.3%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 16,680
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.9% 16,360
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 3.9% 16,292
April
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.0% 16,656
March
2019
3.8% 4.7% 4.2% 17,431
February
2019
3.8% 4.9% 4.3% 18,083
January
2019
4.0% 4.9% 4.3% 18,178
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.4% 18,289
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.4% 18,264
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.4% 18,313

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.