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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.4%. 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 December 2009 at 13.0% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Massachusetts 2.9% -0.1 -0.4
New Bedford 4.4% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 January 2010 at 10,174. There are now 6,354 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,667 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 153.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 3,820 -4 -686

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9%
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 4.4% 3,820
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 4.4% 3,824
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 4.3% 3,769
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 4.2% 3,667
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 4.2% 3,709
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 4.4% 3,812
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 4.6% 3,977
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 4.7% 4,105
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 4.7% 4,092
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 4.7% 4,109

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.