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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in April 2020 at 14.9% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lake Charles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Louisiana 7.6% 0.0 +2.4
Lake Charles 7.5% 0.0 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 May 2020 at 15,031. There are now 7,720 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,273 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 38. Lake Charles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 7,311 +38 +2,187

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.6% 7.5% 7,311
January
2021
6.3% 7.6% 7.5% 7,273
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 8.0% 8,028
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 10.0% 10,058
October
2020
6.9% 7.9% 11.9% 11,906
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 11.8% 11,836
August
2020
8.4% 8.2% 7.6% 7,844
July
2020
10.2% 9.1% 9.2% 9,361
June
2020
11.1% 9.4% 9.2% 9,345
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 14.2% 15,031
April
2020
14.8% 13.1% 14.9% 14,618

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.