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Monroe, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Monroe rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Monroe peaked in November 2010 at 9.1% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Monroe unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Louisiana 5.0% 0.0 +0.3
Monroe 5.4% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Monroe, Louisiana, National

Monroe, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Monroe, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Monroe peaked in November 2010 at 7,217. There are now 2,933 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,541 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 743. Monroe employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Monroe, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Monroe 4,284 +56 +389

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monroe, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Monroe
Unemployment Rate
Monroe
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 5.0% 5.4% 4,284
September
2018
3.7% 5.0% 5.3% 4,228
August
2018
3.9% 5.0% 5.4% 4,300
July
2018
3.9% 4.9% 5.5% 4,411
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.3% 4,253
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 5.1% 4,111
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.0% 4,092
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.8% 3,904
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 3,682
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.4% 3,541
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.8% 3,887

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.