Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Winston peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Carolina 5.7% -0.2 +2.1
Winston 5.5% -0.1 +2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 22,168 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 17,718 -136 +6,153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.5% 17,718
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.6% 17,854
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 6.2% 19,820
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.2% 19,845
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.2% 19,894
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.2% 22,816
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.4% 19,919
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 8.5% 26,770
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 7.5% 23,105
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 12.8% 39,834
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 13.2% 39,886

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.