Parishes with the highest unemployment in Louisiana

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July 8, 2024
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Parishes with the highest unemployment in Louisiana

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of parishes with the highest unemployment rates in Louisiana using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Parishes are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in May 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that parish, though some ties may remain. Parish-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, a chief global economist at Piper Sandler told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years. At the height of the COVID-19 recession in April 2020, unemployment hit 14.7%.

Still, as of June 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 4.1%, with little change from the previous month. Regional and state employment range widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in the Dakotas to 5.3% in Washington D.C.

Read on to see the parishes with the highest unemployment in Louisiana.

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#50. Jefferson Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 205,968 people (6,735 unemployed)

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#49. East Baton Rouge Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 233,513 people (7,712 unemployed)

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#48. East Feliciana Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,916 people (266 unemployed)

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#47. Plaquemines Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,594 people (325 unemployed)

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#46. Terrebonne Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 45,246 people (1,525 unemployed)

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#45. Rapides Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 54,371 people (1,848 unemployed)

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#44. Pointe Coupee Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,748 people (339 unemployed)

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#43. Vermilion Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,919 people (833 unemployed)

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#42. Grant Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,075 people (291 unemployed)

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#41. Iberville Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,796 people (514 unemployed)

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#40. St. Martin Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,873 people (806 unemployed)

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#39. Jefferson Davis Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,069 people (462 unemployed)

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#38. Acadia Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,670 people (890 unemployed)

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#37. Ouachita Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 68,133 people (2,614 unemployed)

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#36. Red River Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,695 people (145 unemployed)

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#35. Sabine Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,281 people (364 unemployed)

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#34. Lincoln Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 20,615 people (801 unemployed)

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#33. Iberia Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 27,308 people (1,054 unemployed)

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#32. Assumption Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,692 people (346 unemployed)

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#31. Evangeline Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,443 people (501 unemployed)

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#30. Natchitoches Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,059 people (674 unemployed)

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#29. St. Bernard Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 19,641 people (787 unemployed)

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#28. Caddo Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 99,722 people (3,943 unemployed)

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#27. Allen Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 8,207 people (334 unemployed)

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#26. Avoyelles Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 14,204 people (578 unemployed)

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#25. Vernon Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,636 people (649 unemployed)

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#24. Tangipahoa Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 56,810 people (2,399 unemployed)

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#23. Orleans Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 172,888 people (7,206 unemployed)

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#22. Bienville Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,959 people (214 unemployed)

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#21. St. James Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 8,699 people (373 unemployed)

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#20. De Soto Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,747 people (467 unemployed)

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#19. Webster Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 13,914 people (596 unemployed)

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#18. St. John the Baptist Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 18,605 people (797 unemployed)

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#17. St. Mary Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 18,535 people (806 unemployed)

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#16. Claiborne Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,320 people (235 unemployed)

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#15. Union Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,890 people (387 unemployed)

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#14. Washington Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,047 people (756 unemployed)

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#13. St. Landry Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 31,597 people (1,400 unemployed)

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#12. Caldwell Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,628 people (168 unemployed)

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#11. Richland Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,965 people (364 unemployed)

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#10. Catahoula Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,592 people (168 unemployed)

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#9. Winn Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,693 people (221 unemployed)

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#8. Franklin Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,160 people (357 unemployed)

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#7. Concordia Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,895 people (359 unemployed)

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#6. St. Helena Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.3%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,277 people (227 unemployed)

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#5. Madison Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,383 people (186 unemployed)

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#4. Morehouse Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,334 people (528 unemployed)

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#3. Tensas Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,280 people (78 unemployed)

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#2. West Carroll Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,361 people (230 unemployed)

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#1. East Carroll Parish

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 8.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,592 people (141 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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