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Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston rose 0.3 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Winston peaked in February 2010 at 11.7% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
North Carolina 5.7% +0.2 -0.6
Winston 5.5% +0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Winston, North Carolina, National

Winston, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Winston, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Winston peaked in February 2010 at 36,980. There are now 19,488 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,739 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,753. Winston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Winston, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 17,492 +978 -1,565

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.5% 17,492
April
2015
5.4% 5.5% 5.2% 16,514
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 5.1% 16,019
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 5.0% 15,739
January
2015
5.7% 5.3% 5.1% 15,962
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.1% 15,755
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 5.3% 16,323
October
2014
5.7% 5.7% 5.5% 16,987
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 5.7% 17,810
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 6.0% 18,594
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 6.0% 18,817
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 6.0% 18,841

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.