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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 December 2016 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 8.3% and is now 2.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in December 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Louisiana 6.1% -0.1 +0.3
New Orleans 5.5% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 47,636. There are now 15,176 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 1,422. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 32,460 +148 +1,422

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 6.1% 5.5% 32,460
November
2016
4.6% 6.2% 5.4% 32,312
October
2016
4.8% 6.3% 5.5% 32,808
September
2016
4.9% 6.4% 5.9% 35,103
August
2016
4.9% 6.3% 5.7% 34,276
July
2016
4.9% 6.3% 5.7% 34,652
June
2016
4.9% 6.2% 5.7% 34,066
May
2016
4.7% 6.3% 5.6% 33,883
April
2016
5.0% 6.3% 5.8% 35,138
March
2016
5.0% 6.1% 5.8% 34,849
February
2016
4.9% 5.9% 5.5% 33,168

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.