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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Wilmington peaked in February 2010 at 10.5% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Wilmington 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
Wilmington 3.9% 0.0 +0.2
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: Wilmington, North Carolina, National

Wilmington, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wilmington peaked in March 2010 at 13,871. There are now 7,897 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,514 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 460.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 5,974 -8 +439

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
August
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.9% 5,974
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.9% 5,982
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 5,908
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.9% 5,845
March
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.9% 5,842
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 5,781
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.9% 5,778
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.8% 5,686
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 5,700
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 5,702
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.8% 5,657

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.