Department of Numbers

Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Durham fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Durham peaked in February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 4.5% 0.0 -0.3
Durham 3.8% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 22,387. There are now 10,969 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,655 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 763. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 11,418 +162 -1,504

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 11,418
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 11,256
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 11,707
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 11,559
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.7% 10,959
September
2017
4.2% 4.4% 3.7% 10,861
August
2017
4.4% 4.4% 3.7% 10,824
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.6% 10,655
June
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.7% 10,751
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.0% 11,659
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.2% 12,358

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.