In this paper, a new multiobjective optimization framework based on nondominated sorting and local search (NSLS) is introduced. The NSLS is based on iterations. At each iteration, given a population P, a simple local search method is used to get a better population P', and then the nondominated sorting is adopted on P. P' to obtain a new population for the next iteration. Furthermore, the farthest-candidate approach is combined with the nondominated sorting to choose the new population for improving the diversity. Additionally, another version of NSLS (NSLS-C) is used for comparison, which replaces the farthest-candidate method with the crowded comparison mechanism presented in the nondominated sorting genetic algorithm II (NSGA-II). The proposed method (NSLS) is compared with NSLS-C and the other three classic algorithms: NSGA-II, MOEA/D-DE, and MODEA on a set of seventeen bi-objective and three tri-objective test problems. The experimental results indicate that the proposed NSLS is able to find a better spread of solutions and a better convergence to the true Pareto-optimal front compared to the other four algorithms. Furthermore, the sensitivity of NSLS is also experimentally investigated in this paper.