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Hurricane Katrina Evacuees, April 2006

In April, evacuees identified in CPS-sampled households represented about 900,000 persons age 16 and over who had evacuated from where they were living in August due to Hurricane Katrina. About half of these persons were again living in the home from which they had evacuated. Of the 900,000 evacuees, 62.5 percent were in the labor force in April, and their unemployment rate was 14.9 percent. See table below.

[Numbers in thousands, not seasonally adjusted]
Employment status in April 2006 of persons 16 years and over who evacuated from their August residence, even temporarily, due to Hurricane Katrina 1/
Employment status in April 2006 Total Residence in April
Same as in August Different than in August

Civilian noninstitutional population

911 466 445

Civilian labor force

569 312 257

Participation rate

62.5 67.0 57.8


485 296 189

Employment-population ratio

53.2 63.5 42.5


85 16 68

Unemployment rate

14.9 5.3 26.5

Not in labor force

342 154 188

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: May 5, 2006