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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Baton Rouge fell 1.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Baton Rouge peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 1.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Baton Rouge unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Louisiana 13.3% -1.8 +8.8
Baton Rouge 12.1% -1.8 +8.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 4,075 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Baton Rouge 49,495 -4,075 +32,476

Number of Unemployed Persons

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployment Rate
Baton Rouge
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.3% 12.1% 49,495
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 5.3% 4.8% 20,162
December
2019
3.5% 5.2% 4.9% 20,741
November
2019
3.5% 5.2% 4.9% 20,423
October
2019
3.6% 5.2% 4.8% 19,996
September
2019
3.5% 5.1% 4.7% 19,518
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 18,966
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.4% 18,287

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.