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New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 0.6 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in October 2010 at 7.7% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Louisiana 4.5% -0.4 -1.9
New Orleans 5.0% -0.6 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 41,989. There are now 14,179 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 27,810 -2,840 -5,532

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 4.5%
February
2014
6.7% 4.5% 5.0% 27,810
January
2014
6.6% 4.9% 5.6% 30,650
December
2013
6.7% 5.4% 6.2% 33,832
November
2013
7.0% 5.6% 6.6% 36,268
October
2013
7.2% 5.8% 6.6% 36,094
September
2013
7.2% 6.0% 6.7% 36,743
August
2013
7.2% 6.2% 6.7% 36,914
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 6.7% 36,824
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 6.8% 37,082
May
2013
7.5% 6.4% 6.7% 36,585
April
2013
7.5% 6.4% 6.4% 35,068
March
2013
7.5% 6.4% 6.2% 33,689

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.