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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Wilmington peaked in February 2010 at 10.6% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Wilmington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 3.8% +0.1 -0.4
Wilmington 3.9% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2019 data as February 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 13,987. There are now 8,097 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,163 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 727.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 5,890 +330 -170

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8% 3.9%
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.9% 5,890
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.8% 5,560
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 5,349
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 5,548
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 5,163
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 5,170
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.6% 5,357
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 5,564
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.8% 5,506
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 5,957
March
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 6,128

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.