Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.6%. 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 May 2020 at 13.6% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
North Carolina 4.8% -0.2 -8.7
Winston 4.6% -0.1 -9.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 May 2020 at 42,511. There are now 27,726 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 14,785 -400 -27,726

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.6% 14,785
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.7% 15,185
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.8% 15,467
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.7% 18,727
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 6.0% 19,438
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 6.2% 20,241
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.4% 20,962
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.8% 21,998
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.2% 23,455
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.3% 19,948
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 8.8% 28,102

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.