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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in October 2010 at 8.2% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Louisiana 5.3% +0.1 +0.6
New Orleans 4.6% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New Orleans, Louisiana, National

New Orleans, Louisiana monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 47,058. There are now 19,459 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,157 in August 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,442. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 27,599 +791 +232

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 5.3% 4.6% 27,599
December
2019
3.5% 5.2% 4.5% 26,808
November
2019
3.5% 5.2% 4.3% 25,783
October
2019
3.6% 5.2% 4.1% 24,840
September
2019
3.5% 5.1% 4.0% 24,212
August
2019
3.7% 4.9% 4.0% 24,157
July
2019
3.7% 4.7% 4.0% 24,216
June
2019
3.7% 4.6% 4.0% 24,192
May
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.1% 24,333
April
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.2% 24,955
March
2019
3.8% 4.5% 4.4% 26,129

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.