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New Bern, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Bern rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.0%. 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 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare New Bern unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2 -0.9
New Bern 4.0% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 3,873 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 115.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Bern 2,046 +115 -327

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 4.0% 2,046
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.8% 1,931
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.0% 2,067
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.1% 2,107
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 2,179
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.1% 2,128
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.4% 2,309
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 2,392
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 2,354
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 2,358
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.7% 2,433

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.