Unemployment Rates

Unemployment Rates 

Unemployment rates vary significantly in urbanized metropolitan statiscal areas and rural parishes in North Louisiana.  

 

Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release, October 26, 2018. US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release, October 26, 2018. US Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Comparisons of Unemployment Rates 

(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 
  September 2018 August 2018 September 2017
Shreveport Bossier MSA 5.3 5.9 5.3
Monroe MSA 5.4 5.9 5.1
Regional Parishes 4.5 - 8.1 4.8 - 7.3 4.4 - 7.4
Louisiana 5.0 5.5 5.0
U.S. 3.7 3.9 4.2
Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release, October 26, 2018. US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
 

Unemployment Rates for 14 Parishes in North Louisiana

(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
 
  September 2018 August 2018 September 2017
Bienville 6.4 7.0 5.8
Bossier 4.5 4.8 4.4
Caddo 5.6 6.3 5.6
Claiborne 5.3 5.9 5.0
De Soto 6.0 6.6 5.9
Jackson 4.8 5.4 4.5
Lincoln 5.7 6.6 4.9
Morehouse 8.1 8.8 7.4
Natchitoches 6.0 7.3 5.9
Ouachita 5.3 5.8 5.1
Red River 4.6 5.1 5.4
Sabine 5.3 5.7 5.3
Union 5.8 6.3 5.4
Webster 6.2 6.9 6.4
Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release, October 26, 2018.

Average Weekly and Hourly Earnings

Metropolitan
Statistical Area
Average Weekly Earnings Average Houring Earnings
Sept. 2018 Aug. 2018 Sept. 2017 Sept. 2018 Aug. 2018 Sept. 2017
Monroe $779.94 $744.13 $710.41 $21.97 $21.14 $19.41
Shreveport Bossier $705.85 $687.57 $668.78 $21.07 $20.71 $19.67
Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Monthly Employment Statistics Press Release, October 26, 2018.