Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Winston peaked in February 2010 at 11.7% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 5.6% -0.1 +0.2
Winston 5.2% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

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 20,068 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 1,173. Winston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Winston, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 16,912 -257 +1,157

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 16,912
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.3% 17,169
October
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.4% 17,283
September
2015
5.1% 5.8% 5.4% 17,216
August
2015
5.1% 5.9% 5.5% 17,502
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.5% 17,570
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.5% 17,484
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.5% 17,456
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

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.