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Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount peaked in February 2010 at 14.5% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
North Carolina 4.3% +0.2 -0.9
Rocky Mount 6.7% +0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, National

Rocky Mount, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rocky Mount peaked in March 2010 at 10,558. There are now 6,176 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,931 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 451. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 4,382 +176 -607

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Rocky Mount
Unemployment Rate
Rocky Mount
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.3% 6.7% 4,382
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 6.4% 4,206
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 6.3% 4,147
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 6.3% 4,084
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 6.0% 3,931
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 6.1% 3,997
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 6.8% 4,453
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 6.9% 4,605
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 6.7% 4,511
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 7.0% 4,694
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 7.4% 4,944

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.