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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh rose 0.7 percentage points in September 2020 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in May 2020 at 11.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 7.9% -0.5 +4.4
North Carolina 7.2% +0.7 +3.5
Raleigh 6.5% +0.7 +3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2020 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Raleigh, North Carolina, National

Raleigh, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Raleigh peaked in May 2020 at 78,691. There are now 33,550 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,765 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,376. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 45,141 +5,376 +20,862

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
October
2020
6.9% 6.3%
September
2020
7.9% 7.2% 6.5% 45,141
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 5.8% 39,765
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 7.7% 53,528
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 6.9% 46,711
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 11.7% 78,691
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 11.5% 75,597
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 3.9% 27,641
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 23,373
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 23,680
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.1% 22,946
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 23,324

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.