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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Wilmington peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wilmington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Carolina 5.7% -0.2 +2.1
Wilmington 4.9% -0.1 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 April 2020 at 20,951. There are now 13,491 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 7,460 -51 +2,357

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 4.9% 7,460
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.0% 7,511
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.6% 8,275
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 5.6% 8,284
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 5.6% 8,316
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 6.6% 9,674
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.3% 8,958
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 8.2% 11,902
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.2% 10,371
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 13.8% 19,469
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 15.3% 20,951

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.