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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in November 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Baton Rouge unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0 +0.2
Baton Rouge 4.3% 0.0 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 November 2010 at 33,392. There are now 15,243 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,574 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,575. Baton Rouge employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 18,149 +16 +2,010

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.7%
February
2019
3.8% 4.9% 4.3% 18,149
January
2019
4.0% 4.9% 4.3% 18,133
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.2% 17,763
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.3% 18,140
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.4% 18,345
September
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.5% 18,770
August
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.7% 19,918
July
2018
3.9% 5.0% 4.8% 20,537
June
2018
4.0% 5.0% 4.6% 19,385
May
2018
3.8% 5.0% 4.3% 18,141
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.2% 17,795

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.