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Rocky Mount, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rocky Mount fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Rocky Mount peaked in April 2009 at 14.4% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Rocky Mount unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
North Carolina 3.4% -0.1 -1.7
Rocky Mount 5.9% 0.0 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 6,823 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,848 in February 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 825. Rocky Mount employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rocky Mount 3,673 -7 -1,041

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
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 5.9% 3,673
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 5.9% 3,680
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 6.0% 3,706
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 6.1% 3,821
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 6.4% 3,995
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 6.4% 3,993
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 6.5% 4,038
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 6.7% 4,171
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 6.9% 4,319
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 7.1% 4,459
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 7.3% 4,568

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.