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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2018 to 3.5%. 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 10.6% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Wilmington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
North Carolina 3.8% -0.1 -0.6
Wilmington 3.5% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2018 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 March 2010 at 13,987. There are now 9,080 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 4,907 -263 -1,269

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
October
2018
3.7% 3.6%
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 4,907
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.5% 5,170
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 5,357
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.8% 5,564
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.8% 5,506
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.0% 5,957
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 6,128
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 5,957
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.1% 6,060
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 6,346
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.3% 6,340

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.