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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 April 2022 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 12.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Louisiana 4.1% -0.1 -2.0
New Orleans 4.8% -0.1 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 70,871 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 28,639 -366 -16,728

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.8% 28,639
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
December
2021
3.9% 4.4% 5.3% 31,071
November
2021
4.2% 4.5% 5.3% 31,059
October
2021
4.6% 4.6% 5.4% 31,409
September
2021
4.7% 4.8% 5.7% 32,813
August
2021
5.2% 5.2% 5.9% 34,831
July
2021
5.4% 5.5% 6.3% 37,231
June
2021
5.9% 5.8% 6.8% 39,795

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.