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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 April 2022 to 3.0%. 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 April 2020 at 10.9% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in February 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
North Carolina 3.4% -0.1 -1.7
Durham 3.0% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 21,518 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,347 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 44. Durham employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Durham, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 9,391 +44 -4,198

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.0% 9,391
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
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 3.3% 10,322
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 3.5% 10,779
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 3.7% 11,390
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 3.9% 12,049
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.1% 12,644

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.