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Greenville, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville rose 0.4 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in December 2009 at 10.5% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 3.8% +0.1 -0.4
Greenville 4.5% +0.4 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2019 data as February 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 9,046. There are now 5,040 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,267 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 739.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 4,006 +322 -317

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8% 3.9%
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.5% 4,006
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.1% 3,684
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.9% 3,448
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 3,418
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 3,267
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.0% 3,553
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.1% 3,744
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 4.4% 3,964
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.3% 3,867
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.7% 4,192
March
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.9% 4,379

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.