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New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bern fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in New Bern peaked in February 2010 at 11.2% and is now 0.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 7.2 percentage points. You can also compare New Bern unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Carolina 12.8% -0.1 +8.8
New Bern 10.7% -0.2 +6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 676 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 3,380.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 5,180 -15 +2,969

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
June
2020
11.1% 7.6%
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 10.7% 5,180
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.6% 3.7% 1,902
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 1,800
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.6% 1,849
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 1,912
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.8% 1,983
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 2,058
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 2,126

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.