Department of Numbers

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% 0.0 -0.4
Burlington 3.6% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Burlington, North Carolina, National

Burlington, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Burlington peaked in February 2010 at 9,084. There are now 6,116 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,842 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 126. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 2,968 -30 -6

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.6% 2,968
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.6% 2,998
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.7% 3,081
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.8% 3,174
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.9% 3,219
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 3,264
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 3,259
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 3,245
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.9% 3,197
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 3,148
March
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.8% 3,114

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.