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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in New Bedford peaked in April 2020 at 24.1% and is now 18.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Massachusetts 4.1% -0.2 -2.2
New Bedford 5.6% -0.3 -2.3
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 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 14,551 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 4,754 -212 -1,929

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.6% 4,754
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
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 6.8% 5,747
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 6.9% 5,863
August
2021
5.2% 5.5% 7.1% 6,033
July
2021
5.4% 5.7% 7.3% 6,233
June
2021
5.9% 6.0% 7.6% 6,410

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.