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Monroe, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Monroe fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0 +0.2
Monroe 5.4% 0.0 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 2,921 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 755. Monroe employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Monroe, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Monroe 4,296 -46 +614

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monroe, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Monroe
Unemployment Rate
Monroe
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.7%
February
2019
3.8% 4.9% 5.4% 4,296
January
2019
4.0% 4.9% 5.4% 4,342
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 5.5% 4,429
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 5.5% 4,377
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 5.4% 4,284
September
2018
3.7% 4.9% 5.3% 4,228
August
2018
3.8% 4.9% 5.4% 4,300
July
2018
3.9% 5.0% 5.5% 4,411
June
2018
4.0% 5.0% 5.3% 4,253
May
2018
3.8% 5.0% 5.1% 4,111
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 5.0% 4,092

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.