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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
North Carolina 4.7% -0.2 -0.3
Raleigh 4.1% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 25,306 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,249 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 92. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 28,341 -729 -933

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.5%
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.1% 28,341
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.2% 29,070
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.3% 29,695
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.5% 30,933
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.4% 30,300
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.4% 30,114
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.4% 30,078
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.4% 29,882
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.3% 29,105
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.2% 28,479
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.2% 28,249

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.