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Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lake Charles fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Lake Charles peaked in November 2010 at 8.5% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in January 2018, 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Louisiana 4.5% -0.1 -1.2
Lake Charles 3.3% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 7,748. There are now 3,881 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,802 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 65. Lake Charles employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lake Charles 3,867 +65 -990

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lake Charles, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployment Rate
Lake Charles
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1% 4.4%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.3% 3,867
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.3% 3,802
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 3,973
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.6% 4,088
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 3.7% 4,086
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.1% 4,591
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.0% 4,416
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.0% 4,366
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 4.1% 4,447
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 4.4% 4,871
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 4.6% 5,048

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.