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New Orleans-Metairie, Louisiana Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Orleans fell 1.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 10.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the Louisiana rate. The unemployment rate in New Orleans peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.2% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare New Orleans unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Louisiana 8.5% -0.9 +3.3
New Orleans 10.1% -1.2 +5.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 111,208. There are now 51,421 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 53,828 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,959. New Orleans employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Orleans, Louisiana) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Orleans 59,787 -7,451 +30,744

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Orleans, Louisiana Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Louisiana
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployment Rate
New Orleans
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 7.2%
November
2020
6.7% 8.5% 10.1% 59,787
October
2020
6.9% 9.4% 11.3% 67,238
September
2020
7.8% 8.0% 9.2% 53,989
August
2020
8.4% 7.7% 9.2% 53,828
July
2020
10.2% 9.4% 11.4% 64,643
June
2020
11.1% 9.5% 12.1% 68,546
May
2020
13.3% 14.2% 17.9% 103,056
April
2020
14.8% 15.1% 20.0% 111,208
March
2020
4.4% 6.7% 6.7% 40,067
February
2020
3.5% 5.2% 4.8% 29,125
January
2020
3.5% 5.3% 4.8% 28,843

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.