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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in October 2010 at 8.4% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in May 2019, 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 July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Louisiana 4.3% 0.0 -0.7
Lake Charles 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 7,665. There are now 3,636 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,910 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 119. Lake Charles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 4,029 +81 -461

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
August
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.5% 4,029
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.5% 3,948
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 3.4% 3,910
April
2019
3.6% 4.5% 3.5% 3,973
March
2019
3.8% 4.7% 3.6% 4,133
February
2019
3.8% 4.9% 3.7% 4,257
January
2019
4.0% 4.9% 3.7% 4,264
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 3.8% 4,279
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 3.8% 4,268
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 3.8% 4,274
September
2018
3.7% 4.9% 3.8% 4,336

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.