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Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wilmington fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.0%. 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 15.5% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wilmington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
North Carolina 4.4% -0.2 -4.4
Wilmington 4.0% -0.1 -4.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 21,496. There are now 15,391 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wilmington 6,105 -95 -6,391

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wilmington, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployment Rate
Wilmington
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.0% 6,105
June
2021
5.9% 4.6% 4.1% 6,200
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.1% 6,210
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.1% 6,297
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.2% 6,391
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.1% 7,722
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.2% 7,989
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 5.5% 8,331
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 5.7% 8,718
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.1% 9,265
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 6.7% 10,073

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.