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Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Shreveport rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in Shreveport peaked in October 2010 at 8.1% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Shreveport unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Louisiana 5.3% +0.1 +0.6
Shreveport 5.5% +0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February 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 16,452. There are now 6,391 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,593 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,468.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Shreveport 10,061 +150 +572

Number of Unemployed Persons

Shreveport, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployment Rate
Shreveport
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 5.3% 5.5% 10,061
December
2019
3.5% 5.2% 5.4% 9,911
November
2019
3.5% 5.2% 5.2% 9,502
October
2019
3.6% 5.2% 5.0% 9,084
September
2019
3.5% 5.1% 4.8% 8,813
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.7% 8,725
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.7% 8,667
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.6% 8,593
May
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.6% 8,634
April
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.7% 8,793
March
2019
3.8% 4.5% 4.9% 9,102

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.