Department of Numbers

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount peaked in May 2020 at 15.3% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Carolina 4.4% -0.2 -4.4
Rocky Mount 6.5% -0.2 -4.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2009 at 10,496. There are now 6,384 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,680 in February 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,432. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 4,112 -127 -3,053

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
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 6.5% 4,112
June
2021
5.9% 4.6% 6.7% 4,239
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 6.9% 4,350
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 7.2% 4,564
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 7.6% 4,824
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 8.1% 5,176
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 8.6% 5,458
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 9.0% 5,747
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 9.1% 5,807
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 9.3% 5,946
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 9.8% 6,252

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.