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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2017 to 5.1%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Louisiana 5.7% -0.1 -0.5
New Orleans 5.1% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April 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 16,975 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 March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 30,661 -196 -3,463

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 5.8%
March
2017
4.5% 5.7% 5.1% 30,661
February
2017
4.7% 5.8% 5.2% 30,857
January
2017
4.8% 5.9% 5.2% 30,831
December
2016
4.7% 6.0% 5.3% 31,746
November
2016
4.6% 6.0% 5.3% 31,790
October
2016
4.8% 6.1% 5.4% 32,306
September
2016
4.9% 6.1% 5.5% 32,940
August
2016
4.9% 6.1% 5.5% 33,143
July
2016
4.9% 6.2% 5.5% 33,195
June
2016
4.9% 6.2% 5.5% 33,101
May
2016
4.7% 6.2% 5.5% 33,153

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.