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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.0 percentage points in June 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Raleigh peaked in December 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% +0.1 -0.3
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 +0.2
Raleigh 3.6% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2019 data as July 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 53,351. There are now 27,096 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,306 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,949. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 26,255 +435 +2,154

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
July
2019
3.7%
June
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 26,255
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 25,820
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.5% 25,361
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.5% 25,122
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.4% 24,561
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.4% 24,165
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.3% 23,503
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 23,449
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 23,332
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 23,306
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 23,408

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.