Department of Numbers

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Job Growth

There were 580,500 jobs in New Orleans, Louisiana in April 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 580,286 employed persons for the month. New Orleans added 2,900 jobs in April 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 448 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare New Orleans job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 580,500 +2,900 +3,400
CPS 580,286 -448 +14,171

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 54,500 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 145,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 606,610 for New Orleans in April 2000. 26,324 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 146,308 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2018 580,500 2,900 580,286 -448
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
October 2017 573,900 1,200 571,730 992
September 2017 572,700 -1,000 570,738 1,790
August 2017 573,700 200 568,948 1,361
July 2017 573,500 -2,900 567,587 673
June 2017 576,400 -300 566,914 478
May 2017 576,700 -400 566,436 321