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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
North Carolina 5.1% -0.2 -0.1
Raleigh 4.2% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 March 2010 at 53,647. There are now 24,565 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,088 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,994. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 29,082 -1,428 -2,351

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.9%
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.2% 29,082
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.4% 30,510
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.3% 29,795
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.2% 28,584
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.2% 28,288
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.2% 28,260
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.0% 26,853
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 3.9% 26,088
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.1% 27,600
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.2% 27,981
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 4.6% 31,015

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.