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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 581,500 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 569,134 employed persons for the month. New Orleans lost 4,200 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 3,662 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 581,500 -4,200 +8,100
CPS 569,134 -3,662 -12,035

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 53,500 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 146,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,610 for New Orleans in April 2000. 37,476 jobs have been lost in New Orleans since then according to the household survey. From a October 2005 low of 433,978, New Orleans has added 135,156 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 581,500 -4,200 569,134 -3,662
January 2019 585,700 4,000 572,796 -3,060
December 2018 581,700 400 575,856 1,959
November 2018 581,300 -900 573,897 490
October 2018 582,200 2,200 573,407 2,378
September 2018 580,000 2,800 571,029 -3,065
August 2018 577,200 400 574,094 -3,477
July 2018 576,800 500 577,571 1,569
June 2018 576,300 1,200 576,002 -2,729
May 2018 575,100 -800 578,731 -1,731
April 2018 575,900 200 580,462 -272
March 2018 575,700 2,300 580,734 -435