Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 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 Winston peaked in February 2010 at 11.7% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% -0.2 -0.9
Winston 3.3% +0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Winston, North Carolina, National

Winston, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Winston, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Winston peaked in February 2010 at 37,021. There are now 26,039 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,499 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 483.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 10,982 +483 -2,959

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.3% 10,982
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.2% 10,499
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.5% 11,546
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 11,841
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.8% 12,424
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 12,126
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.1% 13,274
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 13,781
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 13,610
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 13,693
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 14,171

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.