Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 3.7% with the biggest shift in Construction, Mining, which gained 800 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Lake Charles, LA market rose by 1,631 jobs in March and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Lake Charles, LA unemployment rate is 5 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 240 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in March versus prior month by 12.7% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Lake Charles, LA Unemployment March 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 1.0% . Key sectors include:

  • Construction, Mining: 19,300; +800
  • Transportation & Utilities: 16,900; -100
  • Government: 13,700; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 12,200; no change
  • Manufacturing: 10,600; no change
  • Business Services: 9,300; no change
Lake Charles, LA Unemployment by Industry March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.