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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in May 2020 at 11.7% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.0% -0.2 +1.6
North Carolina 5.2% -0.5 +1.3
Raleigh 4.3% -0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2021 data as April 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 47,622 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 March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 31,069 -412 +3,428

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
April
2021
6.1%
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.3% 31,069
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 4.4% 31,481
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 4.8% 34,479
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.4% 38,524
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 5.4% 38,584
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 5.5% 38,694
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 6.5% 44,715
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 5.8% 39,765
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 7.7% 53,528
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 6.9% 46,711
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 11.7% 78,691

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.