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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 530,000 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 539,959 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 3,700 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,578 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 530,000 +3,700 +17,900
CPS 539,959 +2,578 +46,854

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for New Orleans as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for New Orleans, Louisiana

CES employment for New Orleans peaked in March 2001 at 635,000. Since then 105,000 jobs have been lost in New Orleans according to the employer survey. From a trough of 435,500 in October 2005, New Orleans has gained 94,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 604,042 for New Orleans in April 2000. 64,083 jobs have been lost in New Orleans since then according to the household survey. From a October 2005 low of 442,395, New Orleans has added 97,564 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 530,000 3,700 539,959 2,578
June 2021 526,300 2,900 537,381 1,301
May 2021 523,400 199 536,080 1,190
April 2021 523,200 0 534,890 531
March 2021 523,200 -2,299 534,359 876
February 2021 525,500 500 533,483 106
January 2021 525,000 -500 533,377 -8,284
December 2020 525,500 0 541,661 80
November 2020 525,500 4,799 541,581 257
October 2020 520,700 1,400 541,324 874
September 2020 519,299 599 540,450 1,324
August 2020 518,700 6,600 539,126 46,021