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Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Winston peaked in February 2010 at 11.7% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 -0.9
Winston 4.0% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 24,167 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,548 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 299.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 12,847 +299 -2,561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.1%
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 4.0% 12,847
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.9% 12,548
June
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.0% 12,701
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.3% 13,955
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.5% 14,685
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.6% 14,937
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.7% 15,148
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.9% 15,991
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.9% 15,791
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.8% 15,698
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.9% 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.