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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 21.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.1 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in New Bedford peaked in April 2020 at 22.3% and is now 0.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Massachusetts 16.6% +0.4 +13.7
New Bedford 21.7% -0.6 +17.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 143 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 18,565 -143 +14,673

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 17.4%
May
2020
13.3% 16.6% 21.7% 18,565
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 2.8% 4.2% 3,628
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 4.2% 3,625
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 4.2% 3,663
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 4.3% 3,712
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 4.4% 3,769
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 4.4% 3,834

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.