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Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Shreveport fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Shreveport peaked in November 2010 at 8.2% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Shreveport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Louisiana 5.0% +0.1 +0.1
Shreveport 5.6% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2018 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Shreveport, Louisiana, National

Shreveport, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Shreveport, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Shreveport peaked in November 2010 at 16,500. There are now 6,026 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,038 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,436.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Shreveport 10,474 -136 +473

Number of Unemployed Persons

Shreveport, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployed
September
2018
3.7%
August
2018
3.9% 5.0% 5.6% 10,474
July
2018
3.9% 4.9% 5.7% 10,610
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 5.6% 10,448
May
2018
3.8% 4.6% 5.2% 9,946
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.0% 9,592
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.7% 9,074
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 8,397
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.2% 8,038
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 9,438
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 9,369
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 9,368

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.