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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in November 2010 at 8.5% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lake Charles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Louisiana 4.4% -0.1 -1.2
Lake Charles 3.4% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2018 data as April 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 3,740 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 233. Lake Charles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 4,028 +172 -659

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
April
2018
3.9%
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.4% 4,028
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.3% 3,856
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.3% 3,795
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 4,004
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 4,064
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.6% 4,143
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 3.8% 4,318
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 3.9% 4,422
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.9% 4,400
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 3.9% 4,407
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 4.0% 4,489

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.