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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 2021 to 4.6%. 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 10.8% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Durham unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Carolina 5.7% -0.2 +2.1
Durham 4.6% -0.1 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 May 2020 at 30,368. There are now 16,266 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Durham 14,102 -38 +4,378

Number of Unemployed Persons

Durham, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployment Rate
Durham
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 4.6% 14,102
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 4.7% 14,140
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.4% 16,000
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 5.4% 15,991
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 5.4% 16,031
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 6.4% 18,518
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 5.7% 16,297
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 7.6% 22,056
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 6.7% 18,823
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 10.8% 30,368
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 10.1% 28,108

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.