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New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bern fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in New Bern peaked in February 2010 at 11.3% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare New Bern unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
New Bern 4.3% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 5,919. There are now 3,702 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,931 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 286.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 2,217 -75 -137

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
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.3% 2,217
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.4% 2,292
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.2% 2,175
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.0% 2,059
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.1% 2,083
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 1,931
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.0% 2,067
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.1% 2,107
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 4.2% 2,179
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 2,128
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.4% 2,309

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.