Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2016 to 5.2%. 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 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 5.4% -0.1 -0.4
Winston 5.2% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May 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 20,375 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,395 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 244.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 16,639 -193 -1,052

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 5.1%
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.2% 16,639
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
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.6% 17,876

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.