Department of Numbers

New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bern fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in New Bern peaked in February 2010 at 11.2% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.2 percentage points. You can also compare New Bern unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
North Carolina 6.2% 0.0 +2.6
New Bern 5.7% 0.0 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 March 2010 at 5,856. There are now 3,005 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,800 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,051.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 2,851 -2 +1,002

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
2020
6.7% 6.2%
November
2020
6.7% 6.2% 5.7% 2,851
October
2020
6.9% 6.2% 5.7% 2,853
September
2020
7.8% 7.2% 6.5% 3,239
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 5.7% 2,768
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 7.3% 3,587
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 6.4% 3,072
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 10.8% 5,189
April
2020
14.8% 12.9% 10.9% 5,195
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 2,237
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.6% 1,879
January
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.7% 1,902

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.