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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in September 2020 at 14.9% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lake Charles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Louisiana 4.1% -0.1 -2.0
Lake Charles 3.9% -0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 September 2020 at 14,238. There are now 10,223 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Lake Charles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 4,015 -88 -2,212

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 4,015
March
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.0% 4,103
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 4.1% 4,180
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 4.2% 4,296
December
2021
3.9% 4.4% 4.5% 4,535
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 4.5% 4,507
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 4.5% 4,543
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 4.8% 4,794
August
2021
5.2% 5.2% 5.1% 5,158
July
2021
5.4% 5.5% 5.5% 5,552
June
2021
5.9% 5.8% 5.9% 5,883

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.