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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in October 2010 at 8.2% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Louisiana 4.3% 0.0 -0.7
New Orleans 4.0% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 22,837 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,192 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 24,221 +29 -4,035

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
August
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 24,221
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.0% 24,192
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.1% 24,333
April
2019
3.6% 4.5% 4.2% 24,955
March
2019
3.8% 4.7% 4.4% 26,129
February
2019
3.8% 4.9% 4.5% 27,102
January
2019
4.0% 4.9% 4.6% 27,367
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.6% 27,420
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 27,374
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.6% 27,395
September
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 27,644

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.