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Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Durham rose 0.9 percentage points in July 2020 to 7.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Durham peaked in May 2020 at 10.8% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
North Carolina 8.5% +1.0 +4.6
Durham 7.6% +0.9 +4.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 30,368. There are now 8,074 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,823 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,471. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 22,294 +3,471 +11,726

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 6.5%
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 7.6% 22,294
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 6.7% 18,823
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 10.8% 30,368
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 10.1% 28,108
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 3.8% 11,422
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 9,724
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 9,872
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.1% 9,573
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 9,739
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.2% 9,942
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.3% 10,158

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.