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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Louisiana 5.1% -0.3 -2.8
New Orleans 5.3% -0.2 -3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 69,747 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 30,929 -1,145 -20,441

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 5.3% 30,929
October
2021
4.6% 5.4% 5.5% 32,074
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 6.8% 38,752
August
2021
5.2% 6.2% 6.9% 40,224
July
2021
5.4% 6.6% 7.1% 41,321
June
2021
5.9% 6.9% 8.6% 50,778
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 8.7% 51,361
April
2021
6.0% 7.2% 8.8% 51,838
March
2021
6.0% 7.4% 8.0% 46,661
February
2021
6.2% 7.6% 9.2% 54,026
January
2021
6.4% 7.6% 9.5% 55,902

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.