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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Wilmington peaked in March 2010 at 10.6% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Wilmington 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
Wilmington 4.2% +0.2 -0.6
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: Wilmington, North Carolina, National

Wilmington, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wilmington peaked in March 2010 at 14,061. There are now 7,788 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,633 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 640.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 6,273 +402 -629

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 6,273
October
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 5,871
September
2017
4.2% 4.1% 3.9% 5,669
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.9% 5,748
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.9% 5,633
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.9% 5,668
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.2% 6,125
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 6,438
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.5% 6,534
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.5% 6,601
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.8% 6,936

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.