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Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area Employment Analysis

( Data Date : December 2019 )

North Carolina Employment Data

North Carolina is located in the Southeast region, and has transitioned from a traditional economy based on tobacco, furniture and textiles, to a global economy that is driven by knowledge-based enterprises. Academic R&D is one of the Tar Heel State’s competitive advantages, concentrated in the Research Triangle region. Most recent job growth has been in the service sector industries, while most job losses have been in the traditional or labor intensive industries, such as manufacturing. (Source: North Carolina Department of Commerce)

State/Metropolitan Employment Data:

Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rate Trends (% change)

  • The unemployment rate in the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area, metro area was 3% in November 2019, 0.1% lower than last month, and lower by 0.3% from a year ago.

  • Compared to national and state unemployment rates, the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area, metro area unemployment rate in November 2019 was lower by 0.5% than the U.S. rate of 3.5%, and lower by 0.3% than the North Carolina state unemployment rate of 3.3%.

  • Total employment in the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area, metro area increased by 3.8% (6383 more persons employed) over the past quarter, and increased by 3.3% ( 4073127 less ) over the past year.

  • The Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area, metro area has an employable civilian labor force (employed + unemployed persons age 16 and older) of 735,911 persons.

  • The Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Area, metro area labor force shrunk by 1.3% (32533 persons) over the past quarter, and shrunk by 2.7% (35477 persons) over the past year.

  • Current Rate
    Last Year
    Last QTR
    Last Month
    Difference Since Last Quarter
    + 3.3%
    + 3.8%
    + 3.1%
    + 6383

    %97.05 of the Total Labor Force is Employed.

    Employment information is based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    Graphs and charts are based on monthly data from 2000 to present (BLS reports monthly data a month to six weeks after the close of each month).

    The data MuniNet Guide uses and presents is seasonally adjusted.