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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 537,500 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 530,789 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 10,000 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,217 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 537,500 +10,000 -47,700
CPS 530,789 +1,217 -39,509

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 97,500 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 102,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,547 for New Orleans in April 2000. 75,758 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 96,717 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 537,500 10,000 530,789 1,217
October 2020 527,500 3,100 529,572 -5,277
September 2020 524,400 5,900 534,849 1,231
August 2020 518,500 4,299 533,618 33,470
July 2020 514,200 5,200 500,148 1,416
June 2020 509,000 24,400 498,732 25,994
May 2020 484,600 6,900 472,738 27,733
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