Department of Numbers

Winston-Salem, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Winston fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Winston peaked in February 2010 at 11.7% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Winston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
North Carolina 3.9% +0.1 -0.3
Winston 3.8% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 February 2010 at 37,021. There are now 24,557 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 1,965.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Winston 12,464 -384 -1,146

Number of Unemployed Persons

Winston, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployment Rate
Winston
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 12,464
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.9% 12,848
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 11,995
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.4% 11,062
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 10,972
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 10,499
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 11,546
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.6% 11,841
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 12,424
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 12,126
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.1% 13,274

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.