Gulf Coast Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2017

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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.

                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,985 37,532 37,832 37,882
Employment 33,873 34,246 34,664 34,864
Unemployment 3,112 3,286 3,168 3,018
Unemployment Rate 8.4% 8.8% 8.4% 8.0%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,391 36,967 36,988 37,412 38,885 40,880 42,299 41,365 38,706 37,765 36,945 36,881 38,457
Employment 33,098 33,528 33,670 34,334 35,982 37,967 39,665 38,822 36,098 35,048 34,120 33,944 35,523
Unemployment 3,293 3,439 3,318 3,078 2,903 2,913 2,634 2,543 2,608 2,717 2,825 2,937 2,934
Unemployment Rate 9.0% 9.3% 9.0% 8.2% 7.5% 7.1% 6.2% 6.1% 6.7% 7.2% 7.6% 8.0% 7.6%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,955 37,913 37,776 37,797 39,046 41,376 42,508 42,024 39,917 38,432 37,141 36,942 39,069
Employment 34,668 34,550 34,532 34,916 36,289 38,539 39,974 39,648 37,420 35,692 34,260 33,885 36,198
Unemployment 3,287 3,363 3,244 2,881 2,757 2,837 2,534 2,376 2,497 2,740 2,881 3,057 2,871
Unemployment Rate 8.7% 8.9% 8.6% 7.6% 7.1% 6.9% 6.0% 5.7% 6.3% 7.1% 7.8% 8.3% 7.3%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,671 37,692 37,926 38,319 40,093 42,372 43,358 42,660 40,175 38,463 37,687 37,270 39,474
Employment 34,096 34,101 34,500 35,129 37,207 39,311 40,584 40,031 37,493 35,735 34,785 34,221 36,433
Unemployment 3,575 3,591 3,426 3,190 2,886 3,061 2,774 2,629 2,682 2,728 2,902 3,049 3,041
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 9.5% 9.0% 8.3% 7.2% 7.2% 6.4% 6.2% 6.7% 7.1% 7.7% 8.2% 7.7%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,428 37,597 37,751 38,141 39,880 42,511 42,933 42,430 40,187 38,349 37,702 37,297 39,351
Employment 33,748 33,998 34,353 35,007 36,921 39,412 40,221 39,863 37,496 35,389 34,523 33,900 36,236
Unemployment 3,680 3,599 3,398 3,134 2,959 3,099 2,712 2,567 2,691 2,960 3,179 3,397 3,115
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 9.6% 9.0% 8.2% 7.4% 7.3% 6.3% 6.0% 6.7% 7.7% 8.4% 9.1% 7.9%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,486 37,407 37,436 37,827 39,320 41,975 42,528 41,833 39,680 37,936 37,338 37,168 38,996
Employment 33,553 33,493 33,749 34,455 36,170 38,694 39,637 39,103 36,861 34,939 34,111 33,677 35,704
Unemployment 3,933 3,914 3,687 3,372 3,150 3,281 2,891 2,730 2,819 2,997 3,227 3,491 3,292
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.5% 9.8% 8.9% 8.0% 7.8% 6.8% 6.5% 7.1% 7.9% 8.6% 9.4% 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 36,568 36,700 36,934 37,308 38,677 40,455 41,003 40,548 39,184 37,276 37,050 36,779 38,207
Employment 32,397 32,369 32,804 33,528 35,265 37,032 37,871 37,592 36,114 33,932 33,316 32,770 34,583
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% 11.8% 11.2% 10.1% 8.8% 8.5% 7.6% 7.3% 7.8% 9.0% 10.1% 10.9% 9.5%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,482 36,563 36,794 37,635 39,599 42,013 42,670 42,145 39,856 37,435 37,012 36,352 38,714
Employment 32,817 32,725 33,031 34,130 36,285 38,451 39,514 39,070 36,706 33,895 33,161 32,233 35,168
Unemployment 3,665 3,838 3,763 3,505 3,314 3,562 3,156 3,075 3,150 3,540 3,851 4,119 3,546
Unemployment Rate 10.0% 10.5% 10.2% 9.3% 8.4% 8.5% 7.4% 7.3% 7.9% 9.5% 10.4% 11.3% 9.2%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,689 35,840 36,149 36,562 38,659 41,056 41,885 41,697 38,725 36,594 36,305 36,022 37,932
Employment 32,283 32,467 32,867 33,703 35,793 38,154 39,441 39,336 36,287 33,967 33,349 32,653 35,025
Unemployment 3,406 3,373 3,282 2,859 2,866 2,902 2,444 2,361 2,438 2,627 2,956 3,369 2,907
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 9.4% 9.1% 7.8% 7.4% 7.1% 5.8% 5.7% 6.3% 7.2% 8.1% 9.4% 7.7%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,396 35,516 35,540 35,834 37,501 40,164 40,361 40,029 37,986 35,881 35,614 35,340 37,097
Employment 31,933 32,135 32,387 32,967 35,031 37,566 38,048 37,883 35,689 33,470 32,887 32,234 34,353
Unemployment 3,463 3,381 3,153 2,867 2,470 2,598 2,313 2,146 2,297 2,411 2,727 3,106 2,744
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 9.5% 8.9% 8.0% 6.6% 6.5% 5.7% 5.4% 6.0% 6.7% 7.7% 8.8% 7.4%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,023 35,410 35,246 35,414 36,781 39,558 40,086 39,816 37,430 35,435 35,114 34,997 36,692
Employment 31,362 31,568 31,875 32,332 33,992 36,678 37,707 37,558 35,071 32,945 32,198 31,799 33,757
Unemployment 3,661 3,842 3,371 3,082 2,789 2,880 2,379 2,258 2,359 2,490 2,916 3,198 2,935
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.9% 9.6% 8.7% 7.6% 7.3% 5.9% 5.7% 6.3% 7.0% 8.3% 9.1% 8.0%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,226 35,423 35,451 35,408 36,825 39,371 40,246 39,447 37,012 35,397 35,060 34,446 36,609
Employment 31,434 31,399 31,869 32,189 33,891 36,368 37,698 36,994 34,265 32,362 31,526 30,765 33,396
Unemployment 3,792 4,024 3,582 3,219 2,934 3,003 2,548 2,453 2,747 3,035 3,534 3,681 3,213
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 11.4% 10.1% 9.1% 8.0% 7.6% 6.3% 6.2% 7.4% 8.6% 10.1% 10.7% 8.8%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,529 35,863 35,908 36,019 37,470 40,515 41,008 39,895 37,408 36,232 35,478 34,990 37,193
Employment 31,340 31,648 31,902 32,380 34,079 36,982 38,139 37,037 34,532 33,053 31,939 31,172 33,684
Unemployment 4,189 4,215 4,006 3,639 3,391 3,533 2,869 2,858 2,876 3,179 3,539 3,818 3,509
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 11.8% 11.2% 10.1% 9.0% 8.7% 7.0% 7.2% 7.7% 8.8% 10.0% 10.9% 9.4%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,657 35,828 36,240 36,078 37,304 39,636 40,215 39,343 36,621 35,461 35,329 34,891 36,883
Employment 31,381 31,513 32,121 32,350 33,776 35,925 37,148 36,317 33,572 32,199 31,457 30,825 33,215
Unemployment 4,276 4,315 4,119 3,728 3,528 3,711 3,067 3,026 3,049 3,262 3,872 4,066 3,668
Unemployment Rate 12.0% 12.0% 11.4% 10.3% 9.5% 9.4% 7.6% 7.7% 8.3% 9.2% 11.0% 11.7% 9.9%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 34,521 34,797 34,928 35,640 36,698 38,522 40,265 39,468 37,027 35,597 35,123 35,120 36,474
Employment 30,720 31,108 31,329 32,199 33,697 34,967 37,413 36,510 33,973 32,410 31,603 31,040 33,080
Unemployment 3,801 3,689 3,599 3,441 3,001 3,555 2,852 2,958 3,054 3,187 3,520 4,080 3,394
Unemployment Rate 11.0% 10.6% 10.3% 9.7% 8.2% 9.2% 7.1% 7.5% 8.2% 9.0% 10.0% 11.6% 9.3%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 34,189 34,370 34,264 34,336 35,813 38,314 40,229 38,850 36,425 34,690 34,353 34,202 35,837
Employment 30,636 30,951 31,057 31,303 33,062 35,519 37,999 36,472 34,090 32,105 31,193 30,708 32,925
Unemployment 3,553 3,419 3,207 3,033 2,751 2,795 2,230 2,378 2,335 2,585 3,160 3,494 2,912
Unemployment Rate 10.4% 9.9% 9.4% 8.8% 7.7% 7.3% 5.5% 6.1% 6.4% 7.5% 9.2% 10.2% 8.1%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 33,910 34,736 34,500 34,744 36,127 39,346 39,807 39,547 37,558 35,593 34,808 34,593 36,274
Employment 30,394 31,306 31,250 31,785 33,373 36,542 37,672 37,386 34,895 33,016 31,779 31,379 33,399
Unemployment 3,516 3,430 3,250 2,959 2,754 2,804 2,135 2,161 2,663 2,577 3,029 3,214 2,875
Unemployment Rate 10.4% 9.9% 9.4% 8.5% 7.6% 7.1% 5.4% 5.5% 7.1% 7.2% 8.7% 9.3% 7.9%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 31,806 32,439 32,498 32,860 34,185 36,074 37,284 36,231 34,298 32,880 32,077 31,326 33,663
Employment 28,063 28,424 28,900 29,565 30,857 33,048 34,707 33,799 31,728 29,970 28,552 27,774 30,449
Unemployment 3,743 4,015 3,598 3,295 3,328 3,026 2,577 2,432 2,570 2,910 3,525 3,552 3,214
Unemployment Rate 11.8% 12.4% 11.1% 10.0% 9.7% 8.4% 6.9% 6.7% 7.5% 8.9% 11.0% 11.3% 9.5%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,167 32,159 32,037 31,810 33,688 36,051 36,913 36,274 34,328 32,372 31,582 31,373 33,398
Employment 28,202 28,419 28,397 28,774 30,463 32,976 34,503 33,899 31,824 29,399 28,151 27,776 30,233
Unemployment 3,965 3,740 3,640 3,036 3,225 3,075 2,410 2,375 2,504 2,973 3,431 3,597 3,165
Unemployment Rate 12.3% 11.6% 11.4% 9.5% 9.6% 8.5% 6.5% 6.5% 7.3% 9.2% 10.9% 11.5% 9.5%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,922 33,619 33,411 34,026 34,750 37,505 39,459 38,121 35,095 32,850 31,958 31,565 34,607
Employment 27,696 28,761 28,905 29,733 30,784 33,801 36,424 35,214 32,194 29,590 28,419 27,600 30,760
Unemployment 5,226 4,858 4,506 4,293 3,966 3,704 3,035 2,907 2,901 3,260 3,539 3,965 3,847
Unemployment Rate 15.9% 14.5% 13.5% 12.6% 11.4% 9.9% 7.7% 7.6% 8.3% 9.9% 11.1% 12.6% 11.1%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,441 33,344 33,603 33,440 35,438 37,713 39,312 38,788 35,627 33,406 32,713 32,212 34,837
Employment 27,549 28,568 29,204 29,195 31,193 33,331 36,002 35,404 32,316 29,518 28,239 27,265 30,649
Unemployment 4,892 4,776 4,399 4,245 4,245 4,382 3,310 3,384 3,311 3,888 4,474 4,947 4,188
Unemployment Rate 15.1% 14.3% 13.1% 12.7% 12.0% 11.6% 8.4% 8.7% 9.3% 11.6% 13.7% 15.4% 12.0%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 32,275 33,040 33,006 32,990 34,435 36,729 38,605 37,388 35,419 33,787 32,953 32,125 34,397
Employment 27,932 28,848 29,140 29,118 30,676 33,018 35,627 34,638 31,753 30,376 28,599 27,424 30,596
Unemployment 4,343 4,192 3,866 3,872 3,759 3,711 2,978 2,750 3,666 3,411 4,354 4,701 3,801
Unemployment Rate 13.5% 12.7% 11.7% 11.7% 10.9% 10.1% 7.7% 7.4% 10.4% 10.1% 13.2% 14.6% 11.1%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 31,210 32,882 33,052 32,622 34,279 36,743 38,360 36,973 33,919 32,826 32,750 31,480 33,925
Employment 26,328 28,341 28,719 28,250 29,671 33,028 35,199 34,033 30,806 29,516 28,430 27,206 29,960
Unemployment 4,882 4,541 4,333 4,372 4,608 3,715 3,161 2,940 3,113 3,310 4,320 4,274 3,965
Unemployment Rate 15.6% 13.8% 13.1% 13.4% 13.4% 10.1% 8.2% 8.0% 9.2% 10.1% 13.2% 13.6% 11.7%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 29,427 30,252 30,818 31,401 33,137 36,001 37,957 36,372 33,405 32,259 31,372 30,928 32,777
Employment 24,440 25,589 26,557 27,231 28,732 32,468 35,180 33,851 30,067 29,027 27,602 27,008 28,979
Unemployment 4,987 4,663 4,261 4,170 4,405 3,533 2,777 2,521 3,338 3,232 3,770 3,920 3,798
Unemployment Rate 16.9% 15.4% 13.8% 13.3% 13.3% 9.8% 7.3% 6.9% 10.0% 10.0% 12.0% 12.7% 11.6%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 30,191 30,462 30,432 31,155 32,817 35,310 36,166 34,573 33,023 32,011 31,365 30,755 32,355
Employment 24,630 25,242 25,745 26,691 28,205 31,235 32,824 31,299 29,710 28,275 26,731 26,336 28,077
Unemployment 5,561 5,220 4,687 4,464 4,612 4,075 3,342 3,274 3,313 3,736 4,634 4,419 4,278
Unemployment Rate 18.4% 17.1% 15.4% 14.3% 14.1% 11.5% 9.2% 9.5% 10.0% 11.7% 14.8% 14.4% 13.2%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 29,214 29,779 29,944 30,956 32,508 34,116 36,199 34,694 32,491 30,851 30,490 29,946 31,765
Employment 25,692 25,971 26,304 27,696 28,845 30,605 33,480 32,083 29,433 26,952 25,905 25,267 28,186
Unemployment 3,522 3,808 3,640 3,260 3,663 3,511 2,719 2,611 3,058 3,899 4,585 4,679 3,579
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 12.8% 12.2% 10.5% 11.3% 10.3% 7.5% 7.5% 9.4% 12.6% 15.0% 15.6% 11.3%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 27,845 28,744 28,750 29,972 31,440 33,022 34,947 33,908 29,669 29,208 28,737 28,835 30,423
Employment 24,204 24,776 25,139 26,483 28,130 30,083 32,512 31,544 27,127 26,495 25,676 25,535 27,309
Unemployment 3,641 3,968 3,611 3,489 3,310 2,939 2,435 2,364 2,542 2,713 3,061 3,300 3,114
Unemployment Rate 13.1% 13.8% 12.6% 11.6% 10.5% 8.9% 7.0% 7.0% 8.6% 9.3% 10.7% 11.4% 10.2%

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.