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Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount peaked in March 2010 at 14.5% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 3.3 percentage points. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Carolina 5.7% -0.2 +2.1
Rocky Mount 8.1% -0.2 +3.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, National

Rocky Mount, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rocky Mount peaked in March 2010 at 10,483. There are now 5,359 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,078 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,046. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 5,124 -167 +2,045

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Rocky Mount
Unemployment Rate
Rocky Mount
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 8.1% 5,124
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 8.3% 5,291
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 8.5% 5,399
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 8.6% 5,458
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 8.7% 5,500
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 10.0% 6,288
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 8.9% 5,526
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 11.0% 6,959
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 9.3% 5,650
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 14.2% 8,824
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 13.3% 7,939

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.