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Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Carolina 4.2% 0.0 +0.4
Burlington 4.0% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 5,826 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 416. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 3,258 +13 +371

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
August
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.0% 3,258
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.0% 3,245
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 3,197
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.9% 3,148
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.8% 3,114
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 3,036
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.7% 2,974
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 2,874
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 2,867
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 2,849
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.5% 2,842

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.