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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 May 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Durham peaked in May 2020 at 11.1% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
North Carolina 4.8% -0.2 -8.7
Durham 3.7% -0.1 -7.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 May 2020 at 32,243. There are now 20,857 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 May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 11,386 -108 -20,857

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 3.7% 11,386
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 3.8% 11,494
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 3.8% 11,561
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 4.7% 14,439
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 4.8% 14,715
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.5% 16,796
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 5.6% 17,245
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 5.8% 17,914
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 6.2% 18,961
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 5.5% 16,571
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 7.8% 23,103

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.