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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in New Bedford peaked in April 2020 at 24.1% and is now 19.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Massachusetts 3.4% -0.2 -1.7
New Bedford 5.1% -0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 19,305. There are now 14,993 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 4,312 -47 -1,551

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 5.1% 4,312
August
2022
3.7% 3.6% 5.2% 4,359
July
2022
3.5% 3.5% 5.2% 4,335
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 5.3% 4,462
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 5.4% 4,589
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.6% 4,753
March
2022
3.6% 4.3% 5.9% 4,966
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 6.2% 5,286
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 6.6% 5,560
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 6.8% 5,744
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 6.8% 5,734

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.