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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 July 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in New Bern peaked in May 2020 at 11.3% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare New Bern unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Carolina 4.4% -0.2 -4.4
New Bern 4.4% -0.1 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 3,660 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,779 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 462.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 2,241 -34 -1,578

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
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.4% 2,241
June
2021
5.9% 4.6% 4.5% 2,275
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.5% 2,271
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.5% 2,288
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.5% 2,302
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.5% 2,835
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.6% 2,875
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.7% 2,933
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 5.9% 3,017
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.1% 3,125
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 6.4% 3,267

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.