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Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Winston peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 0.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Carolina 12.9% 0.0 +8.9
Winston 12.9% -0.3 +9.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 39,886. There are now 3 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 39,883 -3 +27,383

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 12.9% 12.9% 39,883
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 13.2% 39,886
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 4.3% 13,875
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 11,565
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.5% 11,705
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.4% 11,375
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 11,529
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.5% 11,715
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 11,912
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 12,104
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.7% 12,270

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.