Unemployment rates and French import prices for Bastille Day

July 14, 2014

July 14 is Bastille Day, which also is called French National Day. It celebrates the start of the French Revolution in 1789. One of the leaders of the French Revolution was the Marquis de Lafayette, who also served in the American Revolution as a general under George Washington and was instrumental in obtaining French support for the Americans. To mark the 225th anniversary of Bastille Day, we take a brief look at unemployment rates in U.S. metropolitan areas named for Lafayette.

 

 

Unemployment rates in selected metropolitan areas and the United States, not seasonally adjusted, May 2004–May 2014
MonthLafayette, IndianaLafayette, LouisianaFayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-MissouriLexington-Fayette, KentuckyFayetteville, North CarolinaUnited States

May 2004

4.74.23.74.55.45.3

Jun 2004

5.15.34.34.75.95.8

Jul 2004

4.94.74.14.25.75.7

Aug 2004

4.84.13.54.15.25.4

Sep 2004

4.44.23.53.74.65.1

Oct 2004

4.54.03.23.84.95.1

Nov 2004

4.64.03.33.95.45.2

Dec 2004

4.74.03.34.05.25.1

Jan 2005

5.44.63.84.75.55.7

Feb 2005

5.74.03.95.25.75.8

Mar 2005

5.33.83.55.05.25.4

Apr 2005

4.63.53.24.65.24.9

May 2005

4.43.93.34.85.44.9

Jun 2005

5.05.03.75.25.95.2

Jul 2005

4.84.33.74.96.05.2

Aug 2005

4.74.03.04.55.54.9

Sep 2005

4.48.13.24.55.24.8

Oct 2005

4.57.22.84.35.34.6

Nov 2005

4.47.52.84.75.64.8

Dec 2005

4.63.82.84.65.04.6

Jan 2006

4.73.53.65.15.25.1

Feb 2006

5.02.84.15.55.55.1

Mar 2006

4.82.73.55.24.94.8

Apr 2006

4.32.43.54.84.84.5

May 2006

4.32.73.64.75.24.4

Jun 2006

4.83.63.95.25.74.8

Jul 2006

4.72.84.25.16.05.0

Aug 2006

4.33.03.54.65.74.6

Sep 2006

3.92.93.44.05.24.4

Oct 2006

3.62.83.03.85.34.1

Nov 2006

3.72.83.14.25.84.3

Dec 2006

3.82.63.34.05.34.3

Jan 2007

4.53.13.94.75.85.0

Feb 2007

4.52.54.25.25.74.9

Mar 2007

4.22.63.74.55.24.5

Apr 2007

3.92.43.64.25.04.3

May 2007

3.83.03.84.25.14.3

Jun 2007

4.23.54.24.65.64.7

Jul 2007

4.23.04.44.45.84.9

Aug 2007

3.92.93.94.15.34.6

Sep 2007

3.72.73.84.35.04.5

Oct 2007

3.62.43.43.75.14.4

Nov 2007

3.82.53.43.95.24.5

Dec 2007

3.92.63.74.15.34.8

Jan 2008

4.33.24.14.85.75.4

Feb 2008

4.62.54.25.05.65.2

Mar 2008

4.92.83.74.85.55.2

Apr 2008

4.12.33.74.35.14.8

May 2008

4.32.94.25.26.05.2

Jun 2008

5.03.84.35.66.45.7

Jul 2008

5.23.34.45.66.96.0

Aug 2008

4.93.64.15.66.86.1

Sep 2008

4.63.43.95.56.56.0

Oct 2008

4.63.53.95.36.66.1

Nov 2008

5.33.34.25.66.96.5

Dec 2008

6.03.64.95.97.27.1

Jan 2009

8.24.16.47.58.18.5

Feb 2009

8.74.16.88.78.58.9

Mar 2009

8.94.46.38.58.29.0

Apr 2009

8.54.65.87.87.88.6

May 2009

9.15.26.38.68.59.1

Jun 2009

11.06.36.79.29.09.7

Jul 2009

11.26.06.79.29.19.7

Aug 2009

9.56.16.08.89.09.6

Sep 2009

9.45.75.88.38.89.5

Oct 2009

8.95.45.78.28.99.5

Nov 2009

9.35.05.77.79.19.4

Dec 2009

9.55.36.18.09.29.7

Jan 2010

10.46.57.09.39.810.6

Feb 2010

10.05.57.29.29.710.4

Mar 2010

10.05.56.78.99.410.2

Apr 2010

9.15.36.08.19.29.5

May 2010

9.15.86.38.29.39.3

Jun 2010

9.86.66.68.39.69.6

Jul 2010

9.56.26.88.69.89.7

Aug 2010

8.96.76.68.59.79.5

Sep 2010

8.16.26.28.09.39.2

Oct 2010

7.86.36.07.89.39.0

Nov 2010

8.06.06.08.29.89.3

Dec 2010

7.85.76.27.99.59.1

Jan 2011

8.16.87.19.010.19.8

Feb 2011

7.75.97.09.09.89.5

Mar 2011

7.65.76.38.49.59.2

Apr 2011

6.95.35.97.89.48.7

May 2011

7.55.76.27.89.88.7

Jun 2011

8.66.46.78.110.39.3

Jul 2011

8.86.06.78.210.49.3

Aug 2011

8.45.86.37.610.49.1

Sep 2011

7.65.46.07.710.08.8

Oct 2011

7.45.45.67.29.98.5

Nov 2011

7.25.05.36.99.78.2

Dec 2011

7.34.95.76.89.78.3

Jan 2012

7.35.76.47.69.78.8

Feb 2012

7.45.06.57.59.68.7

Mar 2012

7.24.95.97.19.28.4

Apr 2012

6.54.45.46.29.07.7

May 2012

7.04.95.76.59.57.9

Jun 2012

8.05.76.17.09.98.4

Jul 2012

7.85.36.47.010.48.6

Aug 2012

7.44.95.76.810.98.2

Sep 2012

6.54.25.36.29.27.6

Oct 2012

6.64.35.26.29.37.5

Nov 2012

7.13.85.06.19.27.4

Dec 2012

7.24.35.56.39.47.6

Jan 2013

8.75.56.37.29.98.5

Feb 2013

7.44.56.17.39.48.1

Mar 2013

7.34.45.77.08.87.6

Apr 2013

6.34.35.36.28.57.1

May 2013

6.94.85.86.69.07.3

Jun 2013

7.95.76.17.49.47.8

Jul 2013

7.55.16.36.79.67.7

Aug 2013

6.55.05.86.59.37.3

Sep 2013

6.24.45.56.58.57.0

Oct 2013

6.14.35.46.68.57.0

Nov 2013

6.13.85.06.28.16.6

Dec 2013

5.53.45.15.97.76.5

Jan 2014

5.63.95.96.77.97.0

Feb 2014

5.93.15.67.47.57.0

Mar 2014

5.53.55.47.27.66.8

Apr 2014

4.63.34.56.07.05.9

May 2014(p)

5.14.24.96.47.76.1

(p) = preliminary

 

The unemployment rate in Lafayette, Louisiana, was 4.2 percent in May 2014. The rate was 4.9 percent in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri, and 5.1 percent in Lafayette, Indiana. All of those rates were below the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent in May 2014. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky (6.4 percent), and Fayetteville, North Carolina (7.7 percent), both had unemployment rates above the national rate.

The United States and France have many other ties besides the Marquis de Lafayette. The most substantial tie is trade between the countries. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, France ranked 8th among U.S. trading partners in 2013 in combined imports and exports of goods. From May 2013 to May 2014, prices for U.S. imports from France rose 0.6 percent, little different from the 0.4-percent increase in all U.S. imports.

 

 

12-month percentage change in import prices from France and all U.S. import prices, January 2005–May 2014
MonthImports from FranceAll U.S. imports

Jan 2005

1.05.7

Feb 2005

0.66.1

Mar 2005

1.07.6

Apr 2005

0.08.4

May 2005

0.15.9

Jun 2005

0.17.4

Jul 2005

-0.38.2

Aug 2005

-0.38.2

Sep 2005

0.19.9

Oct 2005

-0.48.2

Nov 2005

-0.76.4

Dec 2005

-1.18.0

Jan 2006

1.08.7

Feb 2006

1.16.9

Mar 2006

0.34.5

Apr 2006

0.45.8

May 2006

1.18.6

Jun 2006

1.77.4

Jul 2006

2.07.0

Aug 2006

2.06.0

Sep 2006

1.91.6

Oct 2006

3.2-1.0

Nov 2006

3.41.3

Dec 2006

4.12.5

Jan 2007

4.30.0

Feb 2007

4.51.2

Mar 2007

4.72.8

Apr 2007

4.72.1

May 2007

5.41.2

Jun 2007

3.52.3

Jul 2007

5.32.8

Aug 2007

5.51.9

Sep 2007

5.44.8

Oct 2007

4.89.1

Nov 2007

5.112.0

Dec 2007

5.010.6

Jan 2008

4.813.6

Feb 2008

6.113.5

Mar 2008

7.415.2

Apr 2008

10.116.9

May 2008

9.019.1

Jun 2008

11.121.3

Jul 2008

10.221.4

Aug 2008

10.618.1

Sep 2008

9.813.1

Oct 2008

9.94.9

Nov 2008

7.7-5.9

Dec 2008

6.2-10.1

Jan 2009

6.5-12.5

Feb 2009

4.1-12.7

Mar 2009

3.1-14.9

Apr 2009

1.2-16.4

May 2009

0.8-17.3

Jun 2009

1.1-17.5

Jul 2009

1.0-19.1

Aug 2009

0.7-15.3

Sep 2009

2.1-12.0

Oct 2009

1.7-5.6

Nov 2009

4.33.4

Dec 2009

5.28.6

Jan 2010

3.511.4

Feb 2010

2.711.3

Mar 2010

2.111.2

Apr 2010

1.511.2

May 2010

1.58.5

Jun 2010

0.44.3

Jul 2010

-0.44.9

Aug 2010

-0.63.8

Sep 2010

-1.33.6

Oct 2010

-1.43.9

Nov 2010

-1.84.1

Dec 2010

-2.25.3

Jan 2011

-1.95.6

Feb 2011

0.17.6

Mar 2011

-2.810.3

Apr 2011

-2.311.9

May 2011

-1.812.9

Jun 2011

-0.913.6

Jul 2011

-0.413.7

Aug 2011

-0.812.9

Sep 2011

-1.012.7

Oct 2011

-0.711.1

Nov 2011

-1.010.1

Dec 2011

-0.28.5

Jan 2012

-0.56.9

Feb 2012

-1.15.1

Mar 2012

2.73.5

Apr 2012

2.20.8

May 2012

1.6-0.8

Jun 2012

0.7-2.5

Jul 2012

-0.3-3.3

Aug 2012

-0.4-1.8

Sep 2012

-0.2-0.6

Oct 2012

-0.20.0

Nov 2012

-0.1-1.4

Dec 2012

-0.7-2.0

Jan 2013

-0.2-1.5

Feb 2013

0.1-0.6

Mar 2013

0.6-2.1

Apr 2013

0.2-2.7

May 2013

0.5-1.8

Jun 2013

0.80.1

Jul 2013

1.20.9

Aug 2013

1.40.0

Sep 2013

1.6-0.7

Oct 2013

1.6-1.6

Nov 2013

1.7-1.8

Dec 2013

1.7-1.1

Jan 2014

1.5-1.3

Feb 2014

1.9-1.1

Mar 2014(p)

0.2-0.6

Apr 2014(p)

0.5-0.4

May 2014(p)

0.60.4

(p) = preliminary

 

The unemployment data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information about metropolitan area labor market measures, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — May 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1242. The import price data are from the International Price Program. For more information about international prices, see "U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes — May 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1077.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment rates and French import prices for Bastille Day on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140714.htm (visited October 01, 2014).

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