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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 December 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in November 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Louisiana 4.9% 0.0 +0.3
New Orleans 4.5% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January 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 47,759. There are now 20,562 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,115 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,082. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 27,197 -254 +1,802

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8%
January
2019
4.0% 4.9%
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.5% 27,197
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 27,451
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.6% 27,349
September
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.6% 27,390
August
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.7% 28,569
July
2018
3.9% 5.0% 4.9% 29,683
June
2018
4.0% 5.0% 4.8% 29,218
May
2018
3.8% 5.0% 4.5% 26,983
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.3% 26,216
March
2018
4.0% 4.8% 4.2% 25,173

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.