BLS Information

Hurricane Katrina Evacuees, June 2006

In June, evacuees identified in CPS-sampled households represented about 1.5 million persons age 16 and over who had evacuated from where they were living in August due to Hurricane Katrina. About 62 percent of these persons were again living in the home from which they had evacuated. Of the 1.5 million evacuees, 63.4 percent were in the labor force in June, and their unemployment rate was 13.4 percent. See table below.

Employment status in June 2006 of persons 16 years and over who evacuated from their August residence, even temporarily, due to Hurricane Katrina 1/

[Numbers in thousands, not seasonally adjusted]

Employment status in June 2006 Total Residence in June
Same as in August Different than in August

Civilian noninstitutional population

1,512 931 581

Civilian labor force

959 600 359

Participation rate

63.4 64.5 61.8

Employed

830 564 266

Employment-population ratio

54.9 60.6 45.7

Unemployed

129 36 93

Unemployment rate

13.4 5.9 25.9

Not in labor force

553 331 222

1/ Represents persons in the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over who resided in households that were eligible to be selected for CPS. These data are not representative of the total evacuee population because they do not include children or people residing in shelters, hotels, places of worship, or other units out of scope for CPS.The total number of evacuees estimated from the CPS may change from month to month as people move in and out of the scope of the survey and because of sampling variability.

Note: These data use population controls that have been adjusted to account for interstate moves by evacuees.

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Last Modified Date: July 07, 2006

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