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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2021 to 7.3%. 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 May 2020 at 14.2% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Lake Charles unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Louisiana 7.1% -0.1 -6.0
Lake Charles 7.3% -0.5 -6.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 May 2020 at 14,514. There are now 7,423 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 7,091 -410 -7,423

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 7.3% 7,091
April
2021
6.1% 7.2% 7.8% 7,501
March
2021
6.0% 7.4% 8.4% 8,120
February
2021
6.2% 7.6% 9.1% 8,948
January
2021
6.3% 7.6% 10.1% 10,052
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 8.6% 8,404
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 9.4% 9,210
October
2020
6.9% 7.9% 10.2% 9,729
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 12.5% 12,000
August
2020
8.4% 8.2% 8.2% 8,306
July
2020
10.2% 9.1% 9.4% 9,152

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.