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Hurricane Katrina Evacuees, May 2006

In May, 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 due to Hurricane Katrina. More than half of these persons were again living in the home from which they had evacuated. Of the 1.2 million evacuees, 61.8 percent were in the labor force in April, and their unemployment rate was 14.3 percent. See table below.

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

Civilian noninstitutional population

1,179 675 504

Civilian labor force

728 419 309

Participation rate

61.8 62.1 61.3


624 392 232

Employment-population ratio

52.9 58.0 46.0


104 27 77

Unemployment rate

14.3 6.5 24.9

Not in labor force

451 256 195

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: June 2, 2006