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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 13.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Louisiana 3.3% 0.0 -1.2
New Orleans 3.7% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 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 99,510. There are now 77,476 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 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 22,034 -658 -9,025

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.7% 22,034
October
2022
3.7% 3.3% 3.8% 22,692
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 4.0% 23,619
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 4.2% 24,842
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 4.4% 26,133
June
2022
3.6% 3.8% 4.5% 26,914
May
2022
3.6% 4.0% 4.7% 27,944
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.8% 28,637
March
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.9% 29,005
February
2022
3.8% 4.3% 5.0% 29,299
January
2022
4.0% 4.3% 5.1% 29,878

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.