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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. 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 February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Raleigh 3.5% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 March 2010 at 53,666. There are now 28,454 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,711 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,501. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 25,212 -469 -1,871

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.5% 25,212
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.6% 25,681
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 23,516
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 21,701
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.0% 21,575
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.9% 20,711
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 22,801
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.3% 23,706
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.5% 24,979
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.4% 24,368
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.7% 26,288

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.