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Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2014 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in February 2010 at 9.3% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
North Carolina 6.4% +0.2 -1.9
Raleigh 5.2% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 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 February 2010 at 52,916. There are now 20,427 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,345 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,144. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 32,489 +635 -7,721

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 6.4%
May
2014
6.3% 6.4% 5.2% 32,489
April
2014
6.3% 6.2% 5.2% 31,854
March
2014
6.7% 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
December
2013
6.7% 6.9% 5.5% 33,855
November
2013
7.0% 7.2% 5.7% 34,689
October
2013
7.2% 7.5% 5.8% 35,669
September
2013
7.2% 7.7% 6.0% 36,716
August
2013
7.2% 8.0% 6.2% 37,759
July
2013
7.3% 8.1% 6.3% 38,688
June
2013
7.5% 8.3% 6.5% 39,475

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.