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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in New Bedford peaked in April 2020 at 22.3% and is now 14.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Massachusetts 6.7% -0.7 +3.9
New Bedford 7.6% -0.6 +3.4
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 Bedford, Massachusetts, National

New Bedford, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Bedford peaked in April 2020 at 18,708. There are now 12,558 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 6,150 -622 +2,487

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.6% 6,150
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 8.2% 6,772
September
2020
7.8% 9.8% 11.3% 9,771
August
2020
8.4% 11.4% 13.3% 10,826
July
2020
10.2% 16.2% 18.9% 16,086
June
2020
11.1% 17.7% 21.2% 18,556
May
2020
13.3% 16.6% 21.7% 18,600
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 22.3% 18,708
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 4.1% 3,510
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 4.1% 3,591
January
2020
3.5% 2.8% 4.2% 3,628

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.