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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 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. From a post peak low of 3.6% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 -1.0
Raleigh 3.6% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 28,043 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,835 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 769. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 25,604 +281 -4,474

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 3.6% 25,604
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.6% 25,323
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.6% 25,378
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.6% 24,835
June
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.6% 24,875
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

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.