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Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.2%. 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 February 2010 at 14.5% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Rocky Mount 5.2% -0.3 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 10,562. There are now 7,134 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,198 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 230. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 3,428 -163 -748

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
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 5.2% 3,428
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 5.5% 3,591
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 5.2% 3,354
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.0% 3,198
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 5.2% 3,292
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.2% 3,267
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 5.6% 3,576
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 5.7% 3,682
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 5.9% 3,807
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 5.8% 3,777
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 6.1% 3,988

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.