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New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bedford fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.0%. 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 12.9% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bedford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1 0.0
New Bedford 5.0% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 5,800 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,302 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 114.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bedford 4,416 -103 -171

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bedford, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployment Rate
New Bedford
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 5.0% 4,416
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 5.1% 4,519
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 5.7% 4,972
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 5.7% 5,047
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 5.7% 4,949
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 5.5% 4,760
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 5.4% 4,635
March
2018
4.1% 3.5% 5.3% 4,565
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 5.3% 4,498
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 5.2% 4,376
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 5.1% 4,302

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.