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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 February 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 8.3% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2018, 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Louisiana 4.5% -0.1 -1.2
New Orleans 4.0% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 47,636. There are now 23,232 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,336 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 68. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 24,404 +68 -6,453

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 24,404
January
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.0% 24,336
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 25,348
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.3% 25,634
October
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.3% 25,647
September
2017
4.2% 4.8% 4.9% 28,867
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.0% 29,392
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.9% 28,904
June
2017
4.3% 5.2% 5.0% 29,551
May
2017
4.3% 5.3% 5.3% 31,403
April
2017
4.4% 5.4% 5.5% 32,798

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.