Gov. Edwards’ Statement on Sixth Consecutive Month of Record-Low Unemployment

Published 10:22 am Friday, December 16, 2022

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Louisiana’s sixth straight month of record-breaking low unemployment, with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remaining at 3.3%—the lowest rate in state history. Before 2022, the previous low was 3.9%, which the state last reached 15 years ago in 2007. This month, Louisiana also set a new record low for non-seasonally adjusted unemployment, which reached 2.9%.

“Louisiana’s streak of record-breaking low unemployment has continued for a sixth straight month. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has remained at the record-low of 3.3%, while the non-seasonally adjusted rate has broken yet another record by dropping to 2.9%. We have now added 227,900 jobs since the worst of the COVID pandemic and more Louisianans are working than ever before. I believe Louisiana’s workers are the best of the best, and these historic numbers are a testament to their ability. We’ve come a long way in recovering from the pandemic and two devastating hurricane seasons, and the talent and toughness of our people has shown through. But our work continues. I encourage the people of Louisiana to reach out to the Louisiana Workforce Commission for assistance in taking advantage of the many job opportunities available in their communities.”

Read the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s full breakdown of this month’s employment numbers here.