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Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Durham fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Durham peaked in January 2010 at 8.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
North Carolina 4.1% -0.1 +0.4
Durham 3.6% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Durham, North Carolina, National

Durham, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Durham, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Durham peaked in March 2010 at 22,289. There are now 11,311 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,846 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,132. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 10,978 -183 +1,132

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 3.6% 10,978
August
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.7% 11,161
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.7% 11,157
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.7% 11,143
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 10,968
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.6% 10,764
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 10,642
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.5% 10,399
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.4% 10,220
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 9,943
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 9,918

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.