Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.9%. 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 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 5.3% +0.1 0.0
Winston 4.9% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 21,115 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,936 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,963.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 15,899 +171 -496

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.9% 15,899
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.8% 15,728
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.7% 15,060
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.6% 14,939
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.7% 15,141
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.5% 14,382
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.4% 13,936
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.6% 14,652
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.7% 14,944
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 5.2% 16,599
March
2016
5.0% 5.1% 5.2% 16,832

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.