Department of Numbers

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 484,600 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 481,117 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 6,900 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 36,112 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 484,600 +6,900 -98,900
CPS 481,117 +36,112 -87,435

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 150,400 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 49,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,547 for New Orleans in April 2000. 125,430 jobs have been lost in New Orleans since then according to the household survey. From a October 2005 low of 434,072, New Orleans has added 47,045 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 484,600 6,900 481,117 36,112
April 2020 477,700 -93,000 445,005 -117,019
March 2020 570,700 -17,200 562,024 -10,092
February 2020 587,900 700 572,116 1,089
January 2020 587,200 3,100 571,027 574
December 2019 584,100 -1,100 570,453 155
November 2019 585,200 2,200 570,298 235
October 2019 583,000 -1,900 570,063 252
September 2019 584,900 1,300 569,811 277
August 2019 583,600 1,400 569,534 334
July 2019 582,200 100 569,200 319
June 2019 582,100 -1,400 568,881 329