Department of Numbers

Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Durham rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.1%. 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 February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2 -0.9
Durham 3.1% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 22,396. There are now 13,220 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,863 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 313. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 9,176 +313 -2,505

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.1% 9,176
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.0% 8,863
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.2% 9,679
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.4% 10,133
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.6% 10,728
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.5% 10,565
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.8% 11,308
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 11,641
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 11,547
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 11,498
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 11,795

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.