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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 1.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in April 2020 at 14.9% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lake Charles 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
Lake Charles 13.5% -1.4 +9.7
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: 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 April 2020 at 14,618. There are now 138 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 14,480 -138 +10,311

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.3% 13.5% 14,480
April
2020
14.7% 15.1% 14.9% 14,618
March
2020
4.4% 6.7% 6.5% 6,963
February
2020
3.5% 5.2% 4.7% 5,124
January
2020
3.6% 5.3% 4.6% 5,022
December
2019
3.5% 5.2% 4.7% 5,118
November
2019
3.5% 5.2% 4.6% 5,013
October
2019
3.6% 5.2% 4.5% 4,886
September
2019
3.5% 5.1% 4.3% 4,752
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.2% 4,611
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.1% 4,453

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.