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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.4%. 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 February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 4.3% -0.1 -0.2
Raleigh 3.4% -0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 29,303 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 24,363 -1,925 -2,701

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.4% 24,363
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.7% 26,288
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 27,328
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 27,083
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 27,147
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 27,853
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.0% 27,768
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.9% 27,408
September
2017
4.2% 4.4% 3.9% 27,448
August
2017
4.4% 4.4% 3.9% 27,593
July
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.9% 27,223

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.