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New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bern rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in New Bern peaked in February 2010 at 11.3% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare New Bern 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
New Bern 4.6% +0.3 -0.8
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: New Bern, North Carolina, National

New Bern, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New Bern, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Bern peaked in March 2010 at 5,916. There are now 3,525 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,225 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 166.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 2,391 +166 -417

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
New Bern
Unemployment Rate
New Bern
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.6% 2,391
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 2,225
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 4.4% 2,281
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 4.4% 2,283
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.3% 2,250
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.3% 2,250
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.7% 2,428
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.8% 2,522
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.9% 2,574
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 5.0% 2,633
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 5.3% 2,803

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.