Department of Numbers

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.3%. 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 7.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wilmington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% 0.0 -0.4
Wilmington 3.3% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 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 13,871. There are now 8,690 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 5,181 -63 -597

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.3% 5,181
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.4% 5,244
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 5,424
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.6% 5,639
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.8% 5,791
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.9% 5,967
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.9% 5,974
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 5,982
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.9% 5,908
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 5,845
March
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.9% 5,842

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.