Parishes with the highest unemployment in Louisiana

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February 9, 2024
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Parishes with the highest unemployment in Louisiana

While today's unemployment rates are significantly lower than the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains as workers stare down an uncertain economic future.

Experts are mixed in their views of a potential recession. The return of student loan payments, continually high gas prices, persistent inflation, and insurance price escalations are just a few of the factors that could limit consumer spending and potentially prompt another recession. The last economic recession before the pandemic—the Great Recession of 2007-09—sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

But as of January 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.7%—unchanged from the previous month and up slightly from January 2023. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.9% in Maryland to 5.4% in Nevada.

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 December 2023, 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.

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#50. Calcasieu Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 91,520 people (3,241 unemployed)

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#49. Jefferson Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 209,535 people (7,373 unemployed)

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#48. Terrebonne Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 43,360 people (1,579 unemployed)

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#47. Jackson Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,062 people (261 unemployed)

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#46. Pointe Coupee Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,905 people (363 unemployed)

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#45. Rapides Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 55,620 people (2,039 unemployed)

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#44. St. Martin Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,781 people (824 unemployed)

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#43. Vermilion Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,804 people (912 unemployed)

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#42. Ouachita Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 69,152 people (2,650 unemployed)

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#41. Red River Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,754 people (148 unemployed)

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#40. Beauregard Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,238 people (561 unemployed)

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#39. Lincoln Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,254 people (831 unemployed)

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#38. Acadia Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,644 people (931 unemployed)

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#37. Evangeline Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,887 people (471 unemployed)

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#36. Iberville Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,026 people (568 unemployed)

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#35. Natchitoches Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,145 people (685 unemployed)

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#34. Catahoula Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 3,562 people (145 unemployed)

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#33. Grant Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,270 people (339 unemployed)

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#32. Jefferson Davis Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 12,194 people (495 unemployed)

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#31. St. Bernard Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 19,946 people (815 unemployed)

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#30. Caddo Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 100,293 people (4,126 unemployed)

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#29. Iberia Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 27,222 people (1,137 unemployed)

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#28. Claiborne Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,369 people (232 unemployed)

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#27. Allen Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,091 people (348 unemployed)

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#26. Assumption Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,736 people (374 unemployed)

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#25. Sabine Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,234 people (394 unemployed)

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#24. St. Mary Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 18,384 people (785 unemployed)

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#23. Caldwell Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.0 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,676 people (162 unemployed)

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#22. St. James Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,875 people (393 unemployed)

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#21. Union Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.8 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,091 people (399 unemployed)

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#20. De Soto Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,829 people (476 unemployed)

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#19. Avoyelles Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,346 people (635 unemployed)

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#18. St. John the Baptist Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 18,927 people (840 unemployed)

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#17. Tangipahoa Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 56,252 people (2,484 unemployed)

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#16. Orleans Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 175,648 people (7,672 unemployed)

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#15. Washington Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 17,221 people (774 unemployed)

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#14. St. Landry Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 31,482 people (1,430 unemployed)

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#13. Bienville Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,022 people (231 unemployed)

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#12. Richland Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,181 people (379 unemployed)

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#11. Webster Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,029 people (642 unemployed)

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#10. Winn Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,741 people (225 unemployed)

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#9. Concordia Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,882 people (335 unemployed)

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#8. Franklin Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,296 people (365 unemployed)

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#7. Tensas Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,315 people (67 unemployed)

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#6. Vernon Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,923 people (825 unemployed)

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#5. Madison Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,403 people (189 unemployed)

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#4. St. Helena Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,338 people (245 unemployed)

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#3. Morehouse Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 9,504 people (587 unemployed)

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#2. West Carroll Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 1.0 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,463 people (233 unemployed)

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#1. East Carroll Parish

- December unemployment rate (preliminary): 8.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.8 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,701 people (144 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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