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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 5.3%. 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 December 2009 at 12.9% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
New Bedford 5.3% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 10,203. There are now 5,683 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,669 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 851.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 4,520 +128 +171

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 5.3% 4,520
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 5.2% 4,392
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 5.1% 4,309
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 5.6% 4,769
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 5.6% 4,807
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 5.6% 4,795
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 5.9% 5,130
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 6.2% 5,441
June
2017
4.3% 3.8% 6.2% 5,401
May
2017
4.3% 3.8% 6.2% 5,410
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 5.7% 4,977

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.