Department of Numbers

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 583,000 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 571,927 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 1,400 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 898 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 583,000 +1,400 +9,100
CPS 571,927 +898 +197

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 52,000 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 147,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,610 for New Orleans in April 2000. 34,683 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 137,949 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 583,000 1,400 571,927 898
September 2018 581,600 3,700 571,029 -3,065
August 2018 577,900 -2,200 574,094 -3,477
July 2018 580,100 -400 577,571 1,569
June 2018 580,500 -2,300 576,002 -2,729
May 2018 582,800 1,700 578,731 -1,731
April 2018 581,100 3,500 580,462 -272
March 2018 577,600 900 580,734 -435
February 2018 576,700 500 581,169 1,650
January 2018 576,200 1,800 579,519 6,050
December 2017 574,400 2,500 573,469 1,031
November 2017 571,900 -2,000 572,438 708