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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Wilmington peaked in April 2020 at 16.5% and is now 13.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Wilmington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
North Carolina 3.6% +0.1 -0.9
Wilmington 3.2% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 22,678. There are now 17,634 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,873 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 171.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 5,044 +26 -808

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.6% 3.2% 5,044
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 5,018
July
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 4,975
June
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.2% 4,999
May
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 4,913
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 4,891
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 4,873
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 4,972
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.3% 5,194
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 5,514
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 3.6% 5,498

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.