Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans rose 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 7.7% and is now 1.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.9 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Louisiana 7.2% 0.0 +1.6
New Orleans 6.5% +0.3 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 41,732. There are now 3,963 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 25,938 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,831. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 37,769 +2,009 +7,154

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.2% 6.5% 37,769
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 6.2% 35,760
October
2014
5.7% 7.0% 5.8% 33,099
September
2014
5.9% 6.9% 5.6% 31,841
August
2014
6.1% 6.7% 5.4% 30,406
July
2014
6.2% 6.4% 5.1% 28,769
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 4.9% 27,334
May
2014
6.3% 5.9% 4.8% 27,061
April
2014
6.2% 5.7% 4.6% 25,938

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.