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Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Shreveport rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Shreveport peaked in November 2010 at 8.1% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Shreveport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Louisiana 4.5% -0.1 -1.2
Shreveport 4.4% +0.2 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 16,447. There are now 8,034 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,051 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 362.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Shreveport 8,413 +362 -2,804

Number of Unemployed Persons

Shreveport, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1% 4.4%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 8,413
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.2% 8,051
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.9% 9,307
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.1% 9,427
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.2% 9,560
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 5.7% 10,539
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.7% 10,499
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.5% 10,224
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.7% 10,666
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 6.3% 11,863
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 6.4% 12,146

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.