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Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington rose 0.3 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in December 2009 at 12.5% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 3.8% +0.1 -0.4
Burlington 4.0% +0.3 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2019 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 9,205. There are now 5,987 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,551 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 667. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 3,218 +275 -68

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8% 3.9%
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.0% 3,218
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.7% 2,943
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 2,686
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 2,638
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 2,551
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 2,781
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.6% 2,897
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 3,064
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 2,986
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 3,189
March
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.1% 3,313

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.