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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 2021 to 7.9%. 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 April 2020 at 22.3% and is now 14.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Massachusetts 7.1% -0.7 +4.3
New Bedford 7.9% +0.1 +3.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 18,708. There are now 12,079 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,170 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 459.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 6,629 +122 +3,038

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.1% 7.9% 6,629
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 7.8% 6,507
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 8.6% 7,148
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 7.5% 6,170
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 8.2% 6,772
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 11.3% 9,771
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 13.3% 10,826
July
2020
10.2% 9.8% 18.9% 16,086
June
2020
11.1% 14.8% 21.2% 18,556
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 21.7% 18,600
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 22.3% 18,708

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.