Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.7%. 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 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
North Carolina 5.1% -0.3 -0.7
Winston 4.7% -0.5 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 37,014. There are now 22,045 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 14,969 -1,630 -3,048

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.9%
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.7% 14,969
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.2% 16,599
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 16,832
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 5.2% 16,599
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 5.1% 16,395
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.3% 16,851
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.4% 17,054
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.4% 17,191
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.4% 17,230
August
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.5% 17,363
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 5.5% 17,615

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.