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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2016 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. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
North Carolina 5.1% -0.3 -0.7
Raleigh 4.2% -0.4 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 25,627 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 May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 28,020 -2,995 -4,112

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.9%
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.2% 28,020
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 4.6% 31,015
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 4.6% 31,451
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.7% 31,433
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 4.6% 30,858
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.7% 31,289
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.7% 31,459
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 4.8% 31,471
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.7% 31,243
August
2015
5.1% 5.7% 4.7% 31,168
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 4.8% 31,369

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.