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New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 0.7 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Louisiana 6.1% -0.2 -1.1
New Orleans 5.3% -0.7 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 47,673. There are now 16,183 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 December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 31,490 -3,730 -11,859

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 6.1% 5.3% 31,490
November
2015
5.0% 6.3% 6.0% 35,220
October
2015
5.0% 6.2% 6.1% 36,326
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.8% 34,810
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.7% 34,199
July
2015
5.3% 6.2% 5.9% 35,585
June
2015
5.3% 6.4% 6.1% 37,126
May
2015
5.5% 6.6% 6.6% 40,015
April
2015
5.4% 6.6% 6.8% 41,573
March
2015
5.5% 6.6% 6.6% 40,242
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 6.6% 40,112

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.