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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
North Carolina 3.4% -0.1 -1.7
Raleigh 3.0% -0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 82,915. There are now 60,074 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 22,841 -3 -9,933

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.0% 22,841
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 22,844
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 23,276
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.3% 24,126
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 3.4% 25,303
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 3.4% 25,132
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 3.4% 25,276
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 3.6% 26,382
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 3.8% 27,827
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.0% 29,338
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.2% 30,678

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.