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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans rose 0.8 percentage points in April 2021 to 8.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.0% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Louisiana 7.3% -0.1 -5.8
New Orleans 8.8% +0.8 -8.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 April 2020 at 100,676. There are now 49,249 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 46,661 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,766. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 51,427 +4,766 -49,249

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 7.3% 8.8% 51,427
March
2021
6.0% 7.4% 8.0% 46,661
February
2021
6.2% 7.6% 9.2% 54,026
January
2021
6.3% 7.6% 9.5% 55,902
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 8.4% 49,560
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 8.7% 51,370
October
2020
6.9% 7.9% 9.0% 53,405
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 9.3% 55,345
August
2020
8.4% 8.2% 9.8% 58,513
July
2020
10.2% 9.1% 11.5% 64,011
June
2020
11.1% 9.4% 11.9% 66,381

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.