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Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount peaked in March 2010 at 14.5% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Carolina 4.2% 0.0 +0.4
Rocky Mount 5.5% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 10,478. There are now 6,919 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,382 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 177. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 3,559 +30 -37

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
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.2%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.5% 3,559
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.4% 3,529
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 5.3% 3,476
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 5.3% 3,443
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 5.3% 3,450
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 5.3% 3,424
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 5.3% 3,436
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 5.2% 3,398
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.2% 3,387
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 5.2% 3,382

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.