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Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.7%. 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 5.6% -0.1 +0.2
Raleigh 4.7% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 March 2010 at 53,665. There are now 22,535 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 27,910 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,220. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 31,130 -112 +3,220

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.7% 31,130
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.8% 31,242
October
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.8% 31,250
September
2015
5.1% 5.8% 4.7% 30,554
August
2015
5.1% 5.9% 4.8% 30,844
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 4.7% 30,592
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 4.7% 30,658
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 4.8% 30,840
April
2015
5.4% 5.5% 4.6% 29,459
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 4.5% 28,683
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 4.4% 28,364

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.