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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.3 percentage points in June 2017 to 3.6%. 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 5.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 4.2% -0.3 -0.7
Raleigh 3.6% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2017 data as July 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 28,715 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 June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 24,932 -1,936 -3,317

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
July
2017
4.3% 4.1%
June
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.6% 24,932
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 3.9% 26,868
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.1% 28,291
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

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.