What kind of jobs are there in New Orleans, LA?

Entergy Corp. and Ochsner Health System are two of the region's large employers, leading to opportunities for those in the energy production and health care fields. New Orleans is also home to one of the busiest ports in the nation based on cargo tonnage, which boosts the transportation and shipping industries. Meanwhile, the region has been dubbed "Hollywood South," with filmmakers and television producers taking advantage of the state's entertainment tax breaks to shoot in New Orleans, creating thousands of jobs.

The leisure and hospitality industry provides thousands of jobs in the area. Millions of visitors descend on the Crescent City every year to enjoy the music, architecture, museums and especially the food.

Job Market Index

Index Score: 5.7 /10

How we calculate this.


New Orleans has a less healthy job market than similarly sized metro areas.

Average Annual Salary


New Orleans
$44,860

USA
$51,960

Unemployment Rate 2019

4.5%
of people are without a job

0.8 % higher than national average.

Unemployment Rate Over Time

Data sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Top Industries in New Orleans

Accommodation and Food Services

Total Employment
78,800
Waiter and Waitress
Salary: $18.82k - $28.28k

Health Care and Social Assistance

Total Employment
71,000
Nursing Aide
Salary: $24.34k - $33.58k

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

Total Employment
35,300
Janitor
Salary: $21.99k - $33.49k