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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in New Bedford peaked in April 2020 at 23.5% and is now 16.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.6% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Massachusetts 5.4% +0.1 -3.0
New Bedford 7.2% +0.1 -2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 18,534. There are now 12,410 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,466 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 658.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 6,124 +95 -1,857

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 7.2% 6,124
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 7.1% 6,029
September
2021
4.7% 5.2% 7.0% 5,884
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 6.9% 5,773
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 6.7% 5,618
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 6.6% 5,516
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 6.6% 5,466
April
2021
6.0% 6.4% 7.9% 6,601
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 7.9% 6,618
February
2021
6.2% 7.0% 8.0% 6,724
January
2021
6.4% 7.8% 8.1% 6,772

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.