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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2022 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Baton Rouge unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Louisiana 4.2% -0.1 -1.9
Baton Rouge 3.7% -0.1 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2022 data as April 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 April 2020 at 48,425. There are now 32,649 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Baton Rouge employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 15,776 -200 -7,318

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
April
2022
3.6%
March
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.7% 15,776
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 3.8% 15,976
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 3.9% 16,322
December
2021
3.9% 4.4% 4.1% 17,240
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 4.1% 17,060
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 4.1% 17,082
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 4.3% 17,984
August
2021
5.2% 5.2% 4.7% 19,372
July
2021
5.4% 5.5% 5.1% 20,901
June
2021
5.9% 5.8% 5.4% 22,144
May
2021
5.8% 5.9% 5.5% 22,849

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.