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Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.4%. 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 May 2020 at 13.7% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Carolina 4.4% -0.2 -4.4
Burlington 4.4% -0.1 -4.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 May 2020 at 10,623. There are now 6,994 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 3,629 -67 -3,367

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.4% 3,629
June
2021
5.9% 4.6% 4.5% 3,696
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.6% 3,729
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.7% 3,811
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.8% 3,883
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.8% 4,788
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 6.0% 4,942
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 6.3% 5,132
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.5% 5,305
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.8% 5,555
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.3% 5,908

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.