These Are The 10 Cities In Louisiana With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Louisiana with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Louisiana for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Pelican State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Central(Jobs)
  2. Zachary(Jobs)
  3. Bossier City(Jobs)
  4. Lafayette(Jobs)
  5. Houma(Jobs)
  6. Mandeville(Jobs)
  7. Denham Springs(Jobs)
  8. West Monroe(Jobs)
  9. Eunice(Jobs)
  10. Deridder(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Central takes the cake as the place in Louisiana with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Louisiana that have the most robust job force.

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How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Louisiana’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 36 places in Louisiana.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 36 with one being the “most employed city in Louisiana”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Central

Central, Louisiana

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Population: 27,505
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Central comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.1 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,579
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Zachary doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Bossier City

Bossier City, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,895
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Bossier City, earning the bronze medal with a score of 5.6 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 123,528
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Lafayette. With a population of 123528 residents, Lafayette is a solid place to move in Louisiana if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Houma

Houma, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,807
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Houma. Numbering around 33807 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 6.0%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,102
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
The city of Mandeville is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Denham Springs

Denham Springs, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,148
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Denham Springs. With a unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. West Monroe

West Monroe, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,073
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Coming in at #8, West Monroe has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Louisiana’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Eunice


Population: 10,325
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Eunice, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Deridder


Population: 10,846
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of DeRidder, Louisiana. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 36.

DeRidder’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Louisiana

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Louisiana with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Bogalusa
  2. Crowley
  3. Abbeville

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Louisiana

City Rank Unemployment
Central 1 3.1%
Zachary 2 4.7%
Bossier City 3 5.6%
Lafayette 4 5.9%
Houma 5 6.0%
Mandeville 6 6.2%
Denham Springs 7 6.6%
West Monroe 8 6.6%
Eunice 9 7.0%
Deridder 10 7.1%
Shreveport 11 7.3%
Pineville 12 7.3%
Kenner 13 7.4%
Baker 14 7.5%
Gonzales 15 7.9%
Sulphur 16 8.6%
Jennings 17 8.8%
Morgan City 18 9.3%
Baton Rouge 19 9.3%
Slidell 20 9.4%
Opelousas 21 9.4%
Lake Charles 22 9.5%
Minden 23 9.9%
Thibodaux 24 9.9%
Gretna 25 10.0%
New Orleans 26 10.3%
Bastrop 27 11.0%
Ruston 28 11.1%
New Iberia 29 12.0%
Alexandria 30 12.1%
Monroe 31 13.0%
Hammond 32 14.3%
Natchitoches 33 15.4%
Abbeville 34 15.5%
Crowley 35 18.0%
Bogalusa 36 22.6%

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