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Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount rose 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount peaked in March 2010 at 14.5% and is now 0.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 9.2 percentage points. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Carolina 12.8% -0.1 +8.8
Rocky Mount 14.0% +0.7 +8.7
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: 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 1,682 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 5,723. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 8,801 +862 +5,351

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
June
2020
11.1% 7.6%
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 14.0% 8,801
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 13.3% 7,939
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 5.9% 3,730
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 4.8% 3,079
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 4.9% 3,162
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 4.8% 3,078
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 4.9% 3,140
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 5.0% 3,209
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 5.1% 3,274
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 5.1% 3,332
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 5.2% 3,379

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.