Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
North Carolina 5.4% -0.1 -1.3
Raleigh 4.6% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Raleigh, North Carolina, National

Raleigh, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Raleigh peaked in February 2010 at 52,916. There are now 24,208 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 28,708 -1,059 -5,147

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5% 5.4%
February
2015
5.5% 5.3%
January
2015
5.7% 5.3%
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 4.6% 28,708
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 4.8% 29,767
October
2014
5.7% 5.7% 5.0% 31,225
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 5.2% 32,391
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 5.2% 32,454
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 5.1% 31,639
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 5.1% 31,811
May
2014
6.3% 6.3% 5.2% 32,550
April
2014
6.2% 6.4% 5.2% 31,854

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.