Gulf Coast Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2018

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Note: A change in the way labor force statistics are calculated for sub-state areas makes data prior to 2010 not comparable with later data.

                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,159 37,472 37,737 37,650
Employment 33,464 33,853 34,280 34,479
Unemployment 3,695 3,619 3,457 3,171
Unemployment Rate 9.9% 9.7% 9.2% 8.4%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,200 36,884 37,051 37,225 38,535 40,867 41,529 41,245 38,923 37,920 37,602 37,296 38,440
Employment 32,818 33,381 33,703 34,111 35,660 37,945 38,809 38,710 36,273 35,058 34,528 34,052 35,421
Unemployment 3,382 3,503 3,348 3,114 2,875 2,922 2,720 2,535 2,650 2,862 3,074 3,244 3,019
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 9.5% 9.0% 8.4% 7.5% 7.2% 6.5% 6.1% 6.8% 7.5% 8.2% 8.7% 7.9%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,560 37,173 37,255 37,698 39,165 40,861 41,837 40,792 38,791 37,671 37,220 36,714 38,478
Employment 33,189 33,628 33,804 34,482 36,133 37,831 39,067 38,116 36,015 34,759 34,137 33,509 35,389
Unemployment 3,371 3,545 3,451 3,216 3,032 3,030 2,770 2,676 2,776 2,912 3,083 3,205 3,089
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 9.5% 9.3% 8.5% 7.7% 7.4% 6.6% 6.6% 7.2% 7.7% 8.3% 8.7% 8.0%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,022 38,026 37,923 37,956 39,173 41,477 42,658 42,165 40,058 38,559 37,332 37,101 39,204
Employment 34,714 34,625 34,624 35,018 36,366 38,605 40,083 39,765 37,522 35,770 34,368 33,967 36,286
Unemployment 3,308 3,401 3,299 2,938 2,807 2,872 2,575 2,400 2,536 2,789 2,964 3,134 2,918
Unemployment Rate 8.7% 8.9% 8.7% 7.7% 7.2% 6.9% 6.0% 5.7% 6.3% 7.2% 7.9% 8.4% 7.4%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,589 37,651 37,920 38,330 40,090 42,303 43,326 42,621 40,184 38,426 37,742 37,258 39,454
Employment 34,031 34,058 34,464 35,115 37,163 39,268 40,538 40,031 37,502 35,712 34,797 34,231 36,409
Unemployment 3,558 3,593 3,456 3,215 2,927 3,035 2,788 2,590 2,682 2,714 2,945 3,027 3,045
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 9.5% 9.1% 8.4% 7.3% 7.2% 6.4% 6.1% 6.7% 7.1% 7.8% 8.1% 7.7%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,408 37,629 37,813 38,214 39,931 42,495 42,937 42,414 40,194 38,305 37,726 37,237 39,359
Employment 33,706 33,987 34,353 35,027 36,908 39,399 40,192 39,863 37,485 35,348 34,501 33,862 36,219
Unemployment 3,702 3,642 3,460 3,187 3,023 3,096 2,745 2,551 2,709 2,957 3,225 3,375 3,140
Unemployment Rate 9.9% 9.7% 9.2% 8.3% 7.6% 7.3% 6.4% 6.0% 6.7% 7.7% 8.5% 9.1% 8.0%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,452 37,373 37,411 37,811 39,325 41,932 42,528 41,809 39,688 37,911 37,350 37,143 38,978
Employment 33,536 33,470 33,723 34,443 36,153 38,680 39,627 39,096 36,857 34,918 34,101 33,673 35,690
Unemployment 3,916 3,903 3,688 3,368 3,172 3,252 2,901 2,713 2,831 2,993 3,249 3,470 3,288
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.4% 9.9% 8.9% 8.1% 7.8% 6.8% 6.5% 7.1% 7.9% 8.7% 9.3% 8.4%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,119 37,427 37,615 37,576 38,954 41,342 42,918 42,633 39,842 37,833 37,530 37,126 38,994
Employment 32,948 33,157 33,581 33,869 35,556 37,866 39,780 39,675 36,838 34,637 33,850 33,097 35,405
Unemployment 4,171 4,270 4,034 3,707 3,398 3,476 3,138 2,958 3,004 3,196 3,680 4,029 3,589
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 11.4% 10.7% 9.9% 8.7% 8.4% 7.3% 6.9% 7.5% 8.4% 9.8% 10.9% 9.2%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,729 36,880 37,115 37,454 38,772 40,599 41,171 40,710 39,320 37,403 37,159 36,858 38,346
Employment 32,558 32,549 32,985 33,674 35,360 37,176 38,039 37,754 36,250 34,059 33,425 32,849 34,722
Unemployment 4,171 4,331 4,130 3,780 3,412 3,423 3,132 2,956 3,070 3,344 3,734 4,009 3,624
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 11.7% 11.1% 10.1% 8.8% 8.4% 7.6% 7.3% 7.8% 8.9% 10.0% 10.9% 9.5%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,562 36,669 36,979 37,786 39,814 42,162 42,908 42,325 39,905 37,528 37,163 36,421 38,852
Employment 32,890 32,785 33,178 34,160 36,382 38,641 39,758 39,278 36,780 33,995 33,181 32,397 35,285
Unemployment 3,672 3,884 3,801 3,626 3,432 3,521 3,150 3,047 3,125 3,533 3,982 4,024 3,567
Unemployment Rate 10.0% 10.6% 10.3% 9.6% 8.6% 8.4% 7.3% 7.2% 7.8% 9.4% 10.7% 11.0% 9.2%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,544 35,923 36,150 36,618 38,839 41,182 42,049 41,837 38,752 36,590 36,361 36,020 37,988
Employment 32,047 32,322 32,740 33,509 35,799 38,166 39,514 39,454 36,230 33,793 33,229 32,628 34,953
Unemployment 3,497 3,601 3,410 3,109 3,040 3,016 2,535 2,383 2,522 2,797 3,132 3,392 3,035
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 10.0% 9.4% 8.5% 7.8% 7.3% 6.0% 5.7% 6.5% 7.6% 8.6% 9.4% 8.0%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,238 35,476 35,548 35,846 37,664 40,226 40,436 40,130 37,809 35,812 35,455 35,080 37,060
Employment 31,732 31,980 32,219 32,849 34,962 37,493 38,022 37,949 35,470 33,259 32,575 31,991 34,208
Unemployment 3,506 3,496 3,329 2,997 2,702 2,733 2,414 2,181 2,339 2,553 2,880 3,089 2,852
Unemployment Rate 9.9% 9.9% 9.4% 8.4% 7.2% 6.8% 6.0% 5.4% 6.2% 7.1% 8.1% 8.8% 7.7%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,066 35,329 35,377 35,513 37,095 40,001 40,393 39,963 37,509 35,443 35,093 34,807 36,800
Employment 31,324 31,567 31,962 32,422 34,187 37,034 37,993 37,713 35,137 32,779 32,040 31,550 33,810
Unemployment 3,742 3,762 3,415 3,091 2,908 2,967 2,400 2,250 2,372 2,664 3,053 3,257 2,990
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 10.6% 9.7% 8.7% 7.8% 7.4% 5.9% 5.6% 6.3% 7.5% 8.7% 9.4% 8.1%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,178 35,324 35,566 35,440 37,042 39,563 40,505 39,593 36,910 35,345 34,940 34,272 36,641
Employment 31,366 31,398 31,926 32,233 33,968 36,491 37,902 37,135 34,263 32,261 31,475 30,671 33,425
Unemployment 3,812 3,926 3,640 3,207 3,074 3,072 2,603 2,458 2,647 3,084 3,465 3,601 3,216
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 11.1% 10.2% 9.0% 8.3% 7.8% 6.4% 6.2% 7.2% 8.7% 9.9% 10.5% 8.8%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 34,987 35,311 35,414 35,549 37,152 40,173 40,792 39,576 37,189 36,133 35,314 34,760 36,863
Employment 30,816 31,084 31,442 31,955 33,673 36,672 37,922 36,781 34,313 32,852 31,712 31,019 33,354
Unemployment 4,171 4,227 3,972 3,594 3,479 3,501 2,870 2,795 2,876 3,281 3,602 3,741 3,509
Unemployment Rate 11.9% 12.0% 11.2% 10.1% 9.4% 8.7% 7.0% 7.1% 7.7% 9.1% 10.2% 10.8% 9.5%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,160 35,321 35,852 35,502 36,925 39,013 39,815 38,769 36,053 35,023 34,752 34,310 36,375
Employment 30,889 31,018 31,649 31,768 33,304 35,456 36,714 35,830 33,011 31,567 30,774 30,191 32,682
Unemployment 4,271 4,303 4,203 3,734 3,621 3,557 3,101 2,939 3,042 3,456 3,978 4,119 3,693
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 12.2% 11.7% 10.5% 9.8% 9.1% 7.8% 7.6% 8.4% 9.9% 11.4% 12.0% 10.2%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 34,299 34,624 34,772 35,375 36,582 38,342 40,160 39,176 36,682 35,464 35,068 34,827 36,280
Employment 30,452 30,807 31,082 31,897 33,360 34,716 37,219 36,273 33,559 32,090 31,409 30,825 32,807
Unemployment 3,847 3,817 3,690 3,478 3,222 3,626 2,941 2,903 3,123 3,374 3,659 4,002 3,473
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 11.0% 10.6% 9.8% 8.8% 9.5% 7.3% 7.4% 8.5% 9.5% 10.4% 11.5% 9.6%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 33,941 34,265 34,195 34,284 36,090 38,419 40,456 38,989 36,480 34,727 34,479 34,066 35,866
Employment 30,367 30,756 30,921 31,168 33,010 35,487 38,058 36,658 33,999 31,971 31,052 30,462 32,826
Unemployment 3,574 3,509 3,274 3,116 3,080 2,932 2,398 2,331 2,481 2,756 3,427 3,604 3,040
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.2% 9.6% 9.1% 8.5% 7.6% 5.9% 6.0% 6.8% 7.9% 9.9% 10.6% 8.5%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 33,893 34,627 34,418 34,669 36,338 39,554 40,169 39,692 37,742 35,698 34,974 34,602 36,366
Employment 30,259 31,124 31,134 31,620 33,480 36,693 37,924 37,592 34,949 32,925 31,698 31,235 33,387
Unemployment 3,634 3,503 3,284 3,049 2,858 2,861 2,245 2,100 2,793 2,773 3,276 3,367 2,979
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 10.1% 9.5% 8.8% 7.9% 7.2% 5.6% 5.3% 7.4% 7.8% 9.4% 9.7% 8.2%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 31,861 32,495 32,684 33,119 34,573 36,273 37,567 36,493 34,643 33,053 32,391 31,491 33,888
Employment 27,986 28,338 28,885 29,573 30,877 33,112 34,856 34,003 31,921 30,011 28,570 27,721 30,488
Unemployment 3,875 4,157 3,799 3,546 3,696 3,161 2,711 2,490 2,722 3,042 3,821 3,770 3,400
Unemployment Rate 12.2% 12.8% 11.6% 10.7% 10.7% 8.7% 7.2% 6.8% 7.9% 9.2% 11.8% 12.0% 10.0%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,538 32,618 32,390 32,332 34,203 36,468 37,338 36,592 34,586 32,496 31,867 31,532 33,747
Employment 28,378 28,650 28,678 28,992 30,737 33,293 34,834 34,174 31,989 29,466 28,209 27,751 30,430
Unemployment 4,160 3,968 3,712 3,340 3,466 3,175 2,504 2,418 2,597 3,030 3,658 3,781 3,317
Unemployment Rate 12.8% 12.2% 11.5% 10.3% 10.1% 8.7% 6.7% 6.6% 7.5% 9.3% 11.5% 12.0% 9.8%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,881 33,661 33,334 34,234 35,044 37,829 39,757 38,283 35,238 33,000 32,187 31,834 34,774
Employment 27,714 28,830 28,946 29,858 30,955 34,063 36,653 35,390 32,278 29,607 28,376 27,633 30,859
Unemployment 5,167 4,831 4,388 4,376 4,089 3,766 3,104 2,893 2,960 3,393 3,811 4,201 3,915
Unemployment Rate 15.7% 14.4% 13.2% 12.8% 11.7% 10.0% 7.8% 7.6% 8.4% 10.3% 11.8% 13.2% 11.3%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,461 33,415 33,713 33,683 35,645 38,095 39,540 39,151 35,890 33,493 32,753 32,261 35,009
Employment 27,601 28,581 29,281 29,296 31,375 33,517 36,198 35,623 32,388 29,467 28,221 27,202 30,730
Unemployment 4,860 4,834 4,432 4,387 4,270 4,578 3,342 3,528 3,502 4,026 4,532 5,059 4,279
Unemployment Rate 15.0% 14.5% 13.1% 13.0% 12.0% 12.0% 8.5% 9.0% 9.8% 12.0% 13.8% 15.7% 12.2%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,314 33,154 33,095 32,954 34,542 37,040 38,690 37,559 35,586 33,764 33,019 32,317 34,504
Employment 27,848 28,772 29,067 29,032 30,714 33,177 35,660 34,740 31,777 30,258 28,490 27,390 30,578
Unemployment 4,466 4,382 4,028 3,922 3,828 3,863 3,030 2,819 3,809 3,506 4,529 4,927 3,926
Unemployment Rate 13.8% 13.2% 12.2% 11.9% 11.1% 10.4% 7.8% 7.5% 10.7% 10.4% 13.7% 15.2% 11.4%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 31,223 33,025 33,328 32,836 34,539 37,081 38,689 37,225 34,235 32,874 32,904 31,663 34,135
Employment 26,430 28,524 29,019 28,419 29,790 33,291 35,483 34,290 31,026 29,493 28,367 27,107 30,103
Unemployment 4,793 4,501 4,309 4,417 4,749 3,790 3,206 2,935 3,209 3,381 4,537 4,556 4,032
Unemployment Rate 15.4% 13.6% 12.9% 13.5% 13.7% 10.2% 8.3% 7.9% 9.4% 10.3% 13.8% 14.4% 11.8%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 29,373 30,193 30,976 31,716 33,266 36,214 38,240 36,623 33,800 32,452 31,649 31,197 32,975
Employment 24,439 25,654 26,728 27,483 28,919 32,696 35,450 34,058 30,277 29,189 27,698 27,070 29,138
Unemployment 4,934 4,539 4,248 4,233 4,347 3,518 2,790 2,565 3,523 3,263 3,951 4,127 3,837
Unemployment Rate 16.8% 15.0% 13.7% 13.3% 13.1% 9.7% 7.3% 7.0% 10.4% 10.1% 12.5% 13.2% 11.6%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 29,755 30,142 30,242 31,114 32,618 35,085 36,046 34,462 32,973 31,869 31,169 30,690 32,181
Employment 24,311 25,057 25,608 26,573 28,132 31,118 32,720 31,230 29,624 28,073 26,549 26,237 27,937
Unemployment 5,444 5,085 4,634 4,541 4,486 3,967 3,326 3,232 3,349 3,796 4,620 4,453 4,244
Unemployment Rate 18.3% 16.9% 15.3% 14.6% 13.8% 11.3% 9.2% 9.4% 10.2% 11.9% 14.8% 14.5% 13.2%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 29,212 29,659 29,867 30,932 32,286 33,863 35,862 34,359 32,014 30,366 30,101 29,529 31,503
Employment 25,530 25,840 26,154 27,467 28,687 30,307 33,103 31,704 28,914 26,485 25,448 24,813 27,870
Unemployment 3,682 3,819 3,713 3,465 3,599 3,556 2,759 2,655 3,100 3,881 4,653 4,716 3,633
Unemployment Rate 12.6% 12.9% 12.4% 11.2% 11.1% 10.5% 7.7% 7.7% 9.7% 12.8% 15.5% 16.0% 11.5%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 27,238 28,296 28,535 29,662 31,092 32,998 34,700 33,677 29,816 29,300 28,937 28,959 30,269
Employment 23,631 24,354 24,815 26,210 27,894 29,905 32,217 31,226 27,210 26,449 25,702 25,512 27,095
Unemployment 3,607 3,942 3,720 3,452 3,198 3,093 2,483 2,451 2,606 2,851 3,235 3,447 3,174
Unemployment Rate 13.2% 13.9% 13.0% 11.6% 10.3% 9.4% 7.2% 7.3% 8.7% 9.7% 11.2% 11.9% 10.5%

A change in the way the labor force statistics are calculated for boroughs and census areas makes data prior to 2000 not comparable with later data.

Definitions:

  • Labor Force: Includes all of the civilian noninstitutional population classified as employed or unemployed. (See the definitions below.)
  • Employed: During the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), includes those who (a) worked as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family; or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, child care problems, family leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person was counted only once, even if that person held more than one job.
  • Unemployed: Includes all who were not employed during the reference week but were available for work except for temporary illness, and had tried to find employment some time during the four-week period ending with the reference week. Those who were not looking for work but were waiting to be called back to a job from which they had been laid off also qualified as unemployed.
  • Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.