Department of Numbers

New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bern rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in New Bern peaked in April 2020 at 11.8% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare New Bern unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
New Bern 3.7% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New Bern, North Carolina, National

New Bern, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New Bern, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Bern peaked in April 2009 at 5,901. There are now 4,018 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,740 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 143.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 1,883 +57 -92

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
New Bern
Unemployment Rate
New Bern
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.7% 1,883
October
2022
3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 1,826
September
2022
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 1,752
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 1,740
July
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 1,744
June
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 1,773
May
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 1,756
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 1,761
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 1,775
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.6% 1,825
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.7% 1,892

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.