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Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Shreveport fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Shreveport peaked in May 2020 at 13.2% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Shreveport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Louisiana 7.1% -0.1 -6.0
Shreveport 6.8% -0.1 -6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 May 2020 at 23,798. There are now 11,230 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Shreveport 12,568 -168 -11,230

Number of Unemployed Persons

Shreveport, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 6.8% 12,568
April
2021
6.1% 7.2% 6.9% 12,736
March
2021
6.0% 7.4% 7.0% 12,842
February
2021
6.2% 7.6% 7.1% 13,020
January
2021
6.3% 7.6% 7.1% 13,078
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 7.1% 13,258
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 7.3% 13,568
October
2020
6.9% 7.9% 7.4% 13,861
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 7.5% 14,000
August
2020
8.4% 8.2% 7.7% 14,288
July
2020
10.2% 9.1% 8.7% 14,968

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.