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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in September 2020 at 14.9% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in August 2022, 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Louisiana 3.4% -0.1 -1.4
Lake Charles 3.4% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 10,779 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 3,459 -94 -1,335

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 3,459
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 3,553
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 3,704
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 3,768
May
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.8% 3,895
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 4,014
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

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.