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Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in December 2009 at 12.5% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
North Carolina 4.3% +0.2 -0.9
Burlington 4.2% +0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Burlington, North Carolina, National

Burlington, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Burlington peaked in February 2010 at 9,203. There are now 5,808 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,051 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 344. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 3,395 +197 -389

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 3,395
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 3,198
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.9% 3,178
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.9% 3,149
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 3,051
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.9% 3,072
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.2% 3,342
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 3,519
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.6% 3,658
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.6% 3,652
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.8% 3,841

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.