Department of Numbers

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 586,800 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 574,665 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 2,300 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 505 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 586,800 +2,300 +9,600
CPS 574,665 +505 +7,729

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 48,200 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 151,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,547 for New Orleans in April 2000. 31,882 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 140,593 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 586,800 2,300 574,665 505
July 2019 584,500 -400 574,160 652
June 2019 584,900 1,400 573,508 1,526
May 2019 583,500 -300 571,982 655
April 2019 583,800 400 571,327 1,145
March 2019 583,400 1,400 570,182 1,206
February 2019 582,000 -3,700 568,976 477
January 2019 585,700 4,000 568,499 1,007
December 2018 581,700 400 567,492 -7
November 2018 581,300 -900 567,499 52
October 2018 582,200 2,200 567,447 228
September 2018 580,000 2,800 567,219 283