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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in New Bedford peaked in December 2009 at 12.9% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1 -0.6
New Bedford 3.8% -0.3 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 10,216. There are now 6,856 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 3,360 -246 -1,138

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.8% 3,360
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 4.1% 3,606
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 4.3% 3,809
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 4.5% 4,000
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 5.0% 4,413
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 5.1% 4,519
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 5.7% 4,972
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 5.7% 5,047
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 5.7% 4,949
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 5.5% 4,760
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 5.4% 4,635

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.