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Greenville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in May 2020 at 11.2% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Carolina 4.4% -0.2 -4.4
Greenville 4.5% -0.2 -3.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Greenville, North Carolina, National

Greenville, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Greenville, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Greenville peaked in May 2020 at 9,391. There are now 5,320 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 4,071 -128 -3,075

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.5% 4,071
June
2021
5.9% 4.6% 4.7% 4,199
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.8% 4,311
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.9% 4,447
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 5.0% 4,530
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 6.1% 5,536
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 6.3% 5,703
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 6.5% 5,879
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.6% 5,968
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.8% 6,107
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.1% 6,341

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.