Department of Numbers

New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2021 to 8.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.6% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Louisiana 7.6% -0.3 +2.5
New Orleans 8.7% +0.1 +3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 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 April 2020 at 111,208. There are now 60,069 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 51,108 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 31. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 51,139 +31 +22,296

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.6%
January
2021
6.3% 7.6% 8.7% 51,139
December
2020
6.7% 7.9% 8.6% 51,108
November
2020
6.7% 7.9% 10.3% 60,848
October
2020
6.9% 7.9% 11.3% 67,238
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 9.2% 53,989
August
2020
8.4% 8.2% 9.2% 53,828
July
2020
10.2% 9.1% 11.4% 64,643
June
2020
11.1% 9.4% 12.1% 68,546
May
2020
13.3% 13.1% 17.9% 103,056
April
2020
14.8% 13.1% 20.0% 111,208

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.