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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 February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Durham peaked in February 2010 at 8.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Durham 3.5% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 22,396. There are now 11,712 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 1,821. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 10,684 -116 -863

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.5% 10,684
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 10,800
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 9,997
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.1% 9,278
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 9,174
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 8,863
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 9,679
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 10,133
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.6% 10,728
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 10,565
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 11,308

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.