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Greenville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in December 2009 at 10.5% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.5 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville 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
Greenville 5.5% 0.0 +1.5
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: 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 March 2010 at 8,975. There are now 3,985 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,593 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,397.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 4,990 +30 +1,355

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.5% 4,990
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.5% 4,960
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 6.3% 5,470
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.3% 5,412
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.3% 5,397
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.4% 6,317
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.1% 5,130
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 7.9% 6,852
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 6.6% 5,598
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 10.5% 8,903
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 10.5% 8,367

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.