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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2016 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 8.3% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
Louisiana 6.3% +0.2 -0.2
New Orleans 5.9% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New Orleans, Louisiana, National

New Orleans, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 47,636. There are now 12,463 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,038 in December 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,135. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 35,173 +324 -3,751

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 6.3%
April
2016
5.0% 6.3% 5.9% 35,173
March
2016
5.0% 6.1% 5.8% 34,849
February
2016
4.9% 5.9% 5.5% 33,168
January
2016
4.9% 5.9% 5.4% 32,489
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 5.2% 31,038
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.4% 32,123
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.5% 33,082
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.6% 33,518
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.7% 33,986
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 5.8% 34,768
June
2015
5.3% 6.2% 5.9% 35,876

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.