Department of Numbers

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 526,800 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 534,304 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 1,800 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 73 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 526,800 +1,800 -65,800
CPS 534,304 -73 -37,812

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 108,200 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 91,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,547 for New Orleans in April 2000. 72,243 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 100,232 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 526,800 1,800 534,304 -73
January 2021 525,000 -500 534,377 -8,276
December 2020 525,500 0 542,653 12,036
November 2020 525,500 4,799 530,617 1,045
October 2020 520,700 1,400 529,572 -5,277
September 2020 519,299 599 534,849 1,231
August 2020 518,700 6,600 533,618 33,470
July 2020 512,100 6,500 500,148 1,416
June 2020 505,600 18,300 498,732 25,994
May 2020 487,300 6,400 472,738 27,733
April 2020 480,900 -98,600 445,005 -117,019
March 2020 579,500 -13,100 562,024 -10,092