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Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Shreveport rose 0.3 percentage points in March 2018 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Shreveport peaked in November 2010 at 8.2% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Shreveport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Louisiana 4.4% -0.1 -1.2
Shreveport 4.7% +0.3 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2018 data as April 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 7,422 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 1,040.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Shreveport 9,078 +681 -2,214

Number of Unemployed Persons

Shreveport, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployed
April
2018
3.9%
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.7% 9,078
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
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.1% 9,673
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.3% 10,001
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.4% 10,101
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.5% 10,297
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 5.7% 10,740

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.