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Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Raleigh rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate for Raleigh in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Raleigh unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Carolina 12.9% 0.0 +8.9
Raleigh 11.7% +0.2 +8.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 79,048. Raleigh employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Raleigh, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Raleigh 79,048 +3,451 +53,292

Number of Unemployed Persons

Raleigh, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployment Rate
Raleigh
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 11.7% 79,048
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 11.5% 75,597
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 3.9% 27,641
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 23,373
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.2% 23,680
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.1% 22,946
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 23,324
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.2% 23,786
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.3% 24,279
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.4% 24,766
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.4% 25,187

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.