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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in November 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Lake Charles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Louisiana 4.9% -0.1 +0.2
Lake Charles 3.6% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lake Charles, Louisiana, National

Lake Charles, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lake Charles peaked in November 2010 at 7,768. There are now 3,549 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,795 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 424. Lake Charles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 4,219 -38 +215

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
January
2019
4.0%
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 3.6% 4,219
November
2018
3.7% 5.0% 3.7% 4,257
October
2018
3.8% 5.0% 3.7% 4,284
September
2018
3.7% 5.0% 3.7% 4,338
August
2018
3.8% 5.0% 3.9% 4,538
July
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.1% 4,773
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.0% 4,631
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 3.7% 4,307
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 3.6% 4,207
March
2018
4.0% 4.4% 3.4% 4,022
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.3% 3,856

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.