BLS Information

Hurricane Katrina Evacuees, August 2006

In August 2006, evacuees identified in CPS-sampled households represented about 1.2 million persons age 16 and over who had evacuated from where they were living in August 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. About 58 percent of these persons were again living in the home from which they had evacuated. Of the 1.2 million evacuees, 63.0 percent were in the labor force in August 2006, and their unemployment rate was 12.6 percent. See table below.

Employment status in August 2006 of persons 16 years and over who evacuated from their August 2005 residence, even temporarily, due to Hurricane Katrina 1/

[Numbers in thousands, not seasonally adjusted]

Employment status in August 2006 Total Residence in August 2006
Same as in August 2005 Different than in August 2005

Civilian noninstitutional population

1,180 679 501

Civilian labor force

743 410 333

Participation rate

63.0 60.4 66.4


649 390 259

Employment-population ratio

55.0 57.5 51.6


94 20 74

Unemployment rate

12.6 4.8 22.2

Not in labor force

437 268 169

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: September 01, 2006

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