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Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2014 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% +0.1 -1.2
North Carolina 5.9% -0.4 -1.3
Raleigh 4.8% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2014 data as December 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 23,221 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 November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 29,695 -1,530 -4,994

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
December
2014
5.6% 5.5%
November
2014
5.8% 5.9% 4.8% 29,695
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 5.0% 31,225
September
2014
5.9% 6.7% 5.2% 32,391
August
2014
6.1% 6.8% 5.2% 32,454
July
2014
6.2% 6.5% 5.1% 31,639
June
2014
6.1% 6.4% 5.1% 31,811
May
2014
6.3% 6.4% 5.2% 32,550
April
2014
6.2% 6.2% 5.2% 31,854
March
2014
6.6% 6.3% 5.1% 31,601
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 5.1% 31,345
January
2014
6.6% 6.7% 5.3% 32,540

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.