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Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Durham fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.9%. 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 April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
North Carolina 3.6% +0.1 -0.9
Durham 2.9% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 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 April 2020 at 30,909. There are now 21,619 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 9,290 -53 -1,489

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.6% 2.9% 9,290
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 9,343
July
2022
3.5% 3.4% 2.9% 9,396
June
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.0% 9,542
May
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.0% 9,463
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.0% 9,390
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.0% 9,347
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.0% 9,518
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.1% 9,862
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 3.3% 10,340
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 3.3% 10,265

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.