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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Baton Rouge unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Louisiana 8.3% -1.1 +3.1
Baton Rouge 7.4% -0.6 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 53,570. There are now 22,604 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,397 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,569. Baton Rouge employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 30,966 -3,078 +10,543

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.3% 7.4% 30,966
October
2020
6.9% 9.4% 8.0% 34,044
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 6.7% 28,552
August
2020
8.4% 7.7% 6.7% 28,397
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 8.6% 34,676
June
2020
11.1% 9.5% 8.8% 34,858
May
2020
13.3% 14.2% 13.0% 52,976
April
2020
14.8% 15.1% 13.9% 53,570
March
2020
4.4% 6.7% 6.2% 26,847
February
2020
3.5% 5.2% 4.8% 20,278
January
2020
3.5% 5.3% 4.8% 20,162

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.