Southeast Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2017

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Note: A change in the way labor force statistics are calculated for sub-state areas makes data prior to 2010 not comparable with later data.

                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,334 35,462 35,969 38,322 37,870 40,270 41,406 40,828 38,360
Employment 32,737 32,823 33,448 36,062 35,730 38,025 39,293 38,822 36,281
Unemployment 2,597 2,639 2,521 2,260 2,140 2,245 2,113 2,006 2,079
Unemployment Rate 7.3% 7.4% 7.0% 5.9% 5.7% 5.5% 5.1% 4.9% 5.4%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 34,837 34,963 35,325 36,134 38,506 39,573 40,923 40,684 38,406 36,705 35,316 35,255 37,219
Employment 32,010 32,053 32,656 33,875 36,362 37,404 38,998 38,894 36,511 34,656 33,144 32,998 34,964
Unemployment 2,827 2,910 2,669 2,259 2,144 2,169 1,925 1,790 1,895 2,049 2,172 2,257 2,255
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 8.3% 7.6% 6.3% 5.6% 5.5% 4.7% 4.4% 4.9% 5.6% 6.2% 6.4% 6.1%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,071 35,266 35,359 35,816 38,298 39,378 41,583 40,957 38,775 35,493 35,083 34,952 37,168
Employment 32,115 32,239 32,584 33,401 36,048 37,027 39,466 38,975 36,794 33,246 32,619 32,451 34,747
Unemployment 2,956 3,027 2,775 2,415 2,250 2,351 2,117 1,982 1,981 2,247 2,464 2,501 2,421
Unemployment Rate 8.4% 8.6% 7.8% 6.7% 5.9% 6.0% 5.1% 4.8% 5.1% 6.3% 7.0% 7.2% 6.5%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,924 36,052 36,081 36,705 39,074 40,379 42,672 42,095 39,633 36,749 35,888 36,035 38,109
Employment 32,584 32,635 32,925 33,936 36,566 37,726 40,299 39,837 37,357 34,313 33,289 33,313 35,399
Unemployment 3,340 3,417 3,156 2,769 2,508 2,653 2,373 2,258 2,276 2,436 2,599 2,722 2,710
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 9.5% 8.7% 7.5% 6.4% 6.6% 5.6% 5.4% 5.7% 6.6% 7.2% 7.6% 7.1%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,234 36,200 36,326 36,804 39,111 40,332 42,367 42,254 40,045 36,867 36,203 36,207 38,248
Employment 32,979 32,931 33,372 34,176 36,693 37,737 40,082 40,080 37,848 34,402 33,460 33,324 35,593
Unemployment 3,255 3,269 2,954 2,628 2,418 2,595 2,285 2,174 2,197 2,465 2,743 2,883 2,655
Unemployment Rate 9.0% 9.0% 8.1% 7.1% 6.2% 6.4% 5.4% 5.1% 5.5% 6.7% 7.6% 8.0% 6.9%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,495 36,281 36,701 37,426 39,365 40,620 42,662 41,899 39,875 37,196 36,778 36,661 38,497
Employment 33,107 32,866 33,523 34,627 36,770 37,923 40,249 39,646 37,606 34,755 34,125 33,819 35,751
Unemployment 3,388 3,415 3,178 2,799 2,595 2,697 2,413 2,253 2,269 2,441 2,653 2,842 2,746
Unemployment Rate 9.3% 9.4% 8.7% 7.5% 6.6% 6.6% 5.7% 5.4% 5.7% 6.6% 7.2% 7.8% 7.1%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,592 36,512 37,010 37,418 39,671 39,804 41,699 41,820 39,960 37,590 36,950 36,724 38,481
Employment 33,097 33,012 33,708 34,525 36,977 37,025 39,225 39,453 37,580 34,925 34,046 33,606 35,600
Unemployment 3,495 3,500 3,302 2,893 2,694 2,779 2,474 2,367 2,380 2,665 2,904 3,118 2,881
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 9.6% 8.9% 7.7% 6.8% 7.0% 5.9% 5.7% 6.0% 7.1% 7.9% 8.5% 7.5%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,288 36,361 36,652 37,392 39,213 39,412 41,409 41,073 39,061 36,936 36,545 36,705 38,085
Employment 32,670 32,764 33,289 34,482 36,522 36,710 38,957 38,759 36,771 34,357 33,713 33,652 35,219
Unemployment 3,618 3,597 3,363 2,910 2,691 2,702 2,452 2,314 2,290 2,579 2,832 3,053 2,866
Unemployment Rate 10.0% 9.9% 9.2% 7.8% 6.9% 6.9% 5.9% 5.6% 5.9% 7.0% 7.7% 8.3% 7.5%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,207 37,571 37,708 38,694 41,028 42,387 44,809 44,323 41,697 38,936 37,954 37,785 40,009
Employment 33,705 33,924 34,150 35,661 38,265 39,413 42,174 41,783 39,079 36,018 34,969 34,517 36,971
Unemployment 3,502 3,647 3,558 3,033 2,763 2,974 2,635 2,540 2,618 2,918 2,985 3,268 3,038
Unemployment Rate 9.4% 9.7% 9.4% 7.8% 6.7% 7.0% 5.9% 5.7% 6.3% 7.5% 7.9% 8.6% 7.6%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,042 38,197 38,699 39,383 41,543 43,195 45,446 44,371 41,972 38,768 37,656 37,733 40,418
Employment 34,893 35,066 35,731 36,853 39,199 40,766 43,262 42,242 39,895 36,427 35,045 34,860 37,855
Unemployment 3,149 3,131 2,968 2,530 2,344 2,429 2,184 2,129 2,077 2,341 2,611 2,873 2,563
Unemployment Rate 8.3% 8.2% 7.7% 6.4% 5.6% 5.6% 4.8% 4.8% 4.9% 6.0% 6.9% 7.6% 6.3%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,912 37,822 38,054 38,713 41,099 42,107 44,363 44,179 42,496 39,232 38,452 38,071 40,208
Employment 34,768 34,855 35,283 36,300 39,010 39,890 42,374 42,264 40,474 37,095 36,075 35,366 37,813
Unemployment 3,144 2,967 2,771 2,413 2,089 2,217 1,989 1,915 2,022 2,137 2,377 2,705 2,395
Unemployment Rate 8.3% 7.8% 7.3% 6.2% 5.1% 5.3% 4.5% 4.3% 4.8% 5.4% 6.2% 7.1% 6.0%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,703 37,993 37,922 38,789 40,831 41,850 44,787 44,275 41,937 39,160 38,375 38,130 40,147
Employment 34,343 34,521 34,805 36,058 38,480 39,454 42,609 42,188 39,860 36,930 35,895 35,344 37,542
Unemployment 3,360 3,472 3,117 2,731 2,351 2,396 2,178 2,087 2,077 2,230 2,480 2,786 2,605
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 9.1% 8.2% 7.0% 5.8% 5.7% 4.9% 4.7% 5.0% 5.7% 6.5% 7.3% 6.5%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,295 37,612 37,946 38,948 40,992 42,379 44,590 44,537 42,112 39,000 38,244 38,293 40,163
Employment 33,648 33,822 34,704 36,190 38,567 39,812 42,280 42,332 39,784 36,388 35,381 35,218 37,345
Unemployment 3,647 3,790 3,242 2,758 2,425 2,567 2,310 2,205 2,328 2,612 2,863 3,075 2,818
Unemployment Rate 9.8% 10.1% 8.5% 7.1% 5.9% 6.1% 5.2% 5.0% 5.5% 6.7% 7.5% 8.0% 7.0%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,515 37,519 37,738 38,373 40,344 41,847 43,949 43,781 41,513 38,359 37,807 37,591 39,694
Employment 33,579 33,615 34,165 35,342 37,651 38,826 41,372 41,323 39,051 35,643 34,853 34,391 36,650
Unemployment 3,936 3,904 3,573 3,031 2,693 3,021 2,577 2,458 2,462 2,716 2,954 3,200 3,044
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 10.4% 9.5% 7.9% 6.7% 7.2% 5.9% 5.6% 5.9% 7.1% 7.8% 8.5% 7.7%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,613 37,863 37,811 39,085 40,638 42,328 44,997 44,362 41,716 38,747 38,065 37,790 40,086
Employment 33,870 34,073 34,310 35,859 37,786 39,169 42,281 41,744 39,170 36,021 35,017 34,485 36,981
Unemployment 3,743 3,790 3,501 3,226 2,852 3,159 2,716 2,618 2,546 2,726 3,048 3,305 3,105
Unemployment Rate 10.0% 10.0% 9.3% 8.3% 7.0% 7.5% 6.0% 5.9% 6.1% 7.0% 8.0% 8.7% 7.7%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,081 37,216 37,171 38,122 39,998 41,130 43,407 43,035 41,156 38,458 37,615 37,330 39,311
Employment 33,514 33,559 33,662 34,990 37,326 38,251 40,797 40,545 38,758 35,918 34,847 34,208 36,365
Unemployment 3,567 3,657 3,509 3,132 2,672 2,879 2,610 2,490 2,398 2,540 2,768 3,122 2,946
Unemployment Rate 9.6% 9.8% 9.4% 8.2% 6.7% 7.0% 6.0% 5.8% 5.8% 6.6% 7.4% 8.4% 7.5%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,277 37,239 37,684 38,225 39,857 41,439 43,529 43,075 40,914 38,439 37,673 37,628 39,417
Employment 33,966 34,117 34,766 35,619 37,599 38,983 41,440 41,004 38,912 36,114 35,142 34,590 36,855
Unemployment 3,311 3,122 2,918 2,606 2,258 2,456 2,089 2,071 2,002 2,325 2,531 3,038 2,562
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 8.4% 7.7% 6.8% 5.7% 5.9% 4.8% 4.8% 4.9% 6.0% 6.7% 8.1% 6.5%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,906 38,607 38,754 39,089 40,758 42,221 43,925 43,525 40,949 38,836 38,056 37,869 40,043
Employment 34,638 35,235 35,765 36,504 38,415 39,784 41,898 41,468 39,026 36,732 35,745 35,322 37,545
Unemployment 3,268 3,372 2,989 2,585 2,343 2,437 2,027 2,057 1,923 2,104 2,311 2,547 2,498
Unemployment Rate 8.6% 8.7% 7.7% 6.6% 5.7% 5.8% 4.6% 4.7% 4.7% 5.4% 6.1% 6.7% 6.2%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,082 37,608 37,560 38,017 39,788 40,962 42,627 41,948 40,993 38,751 37,960 37,816 39,259
Employment 33,552 33,854 34,131 35,341 37,493 38,416 40,544 40,038 39,136 36,676 35,836 35,323 36,694
Unemployment 3,530 3,754 3,429 2,676 2,295 2,546 2,083 1,910 1,857 2,075 2,124 2,493 2,565
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 10.0% 9.1% 7.0% 5.8% 6.2% 4.9% 4.6% 4.5% 5.4% 5.6% 6.6% 6.5%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,211 37,323 37,866 37,727 39,188 40,169 41,710 41,909 40,217 38,523 37,971 37,620 38,953
Employment 33,466 33,522 34,341 35,133 36,743 37,309 39,346 39,731 38,087 36,088 35,567 34,828 36,180
Unemployment 3,745 3,801 3,525 2,594 2,445 2,860 2,364 2,178 2,130 2,435 2,404 2,792 2,773
Unemployment Rate 10.1% 10.2% 9.3% 6.9% 6.2% 7.1% 5.7% 5.2% 5.3% 6.3% 6.3% 7.4% 7.1%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,712 38,787 39,354 39,156 40,547 41,495 42,915 43,168 41,694 39,288 38,562 38,400 40,173
Employment 34,576 34,661 35,573 36,189 37,927 38,680 40,414 40,889 39,485 36,840 36,139 35,401 37,232
Unemployment 4,136 4,126 3,781 2,967 2,620 2,815 2,501 2,279 2,209 2,448 2,423 2,999 2,941
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 10.6% 9.6% 7.6% 6.5% 6.8% 5.8% 5.3% 5.3% 6.2% 6.3% 7.8% 7.3%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 38,508 38,608 38,820 39,467 40,558 41,070 43,529 43,102 41,747 39,879 39,072 38,940 40,277
Employment 34,353 34,459 34,940 36,555 37,978 38,455 40,879 40,856 39,464 37,139 35,970 35,652 37,226
Unemployment 4,155 4,149 3,880 2,912 2,580 2,615 2,650 2,246 2,283 2,740 3,102 3,288 3,051
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 10.7% 10.0% 7.4% 6.4% 6.4% 6.1% 5.2% 5.5% 6.9% 7.9% 8.4% 7.6%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,696 37,659 37,867 39,288 40,549 40,911 43,078 42,870 41,561 39,729 39,117 38,824 39,929
Employment 33,777 33,953 34,571 36,545 38,098 38,307 40,678 40,690 39,427 37,208 36,318 35,597 37,097
Unemployment 3,919 3,706 3,296 2,743 2,451 2,604 2,400 2,180 2,134 2,521 2,799 3,227 2,832
Unemployment Rate 10.4% 9.8% 8.7% 7.0% 6.0% 6.4% 5.6% 5.1% 5.1% 6.3% 7.2% 8.3% 7.1%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 37,294 37,087 37,535 38,330 40,088 40,950 41,899 42,115 40,516 39,134 38,407 37,842 39,269
Employment 33,159 32,834 33,371 35,036 37,281 38,117 39,330 39,825 38,280 36,541 35,825 34,740 36,196
Unemployment 4,135 4,253 4,164 3,294 2,807 2,833 2,569 2,290 2,236 2,593 2,582 3,102 3,073
Unemployment Rate 11.1% 11.5% 11.1% 8.6% 7.0% 6.9% 6.1% 5.4% 5.5% 6.6% 6.7% 8.2% 7.8%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,701 37,115 37,270 37,808 39,119 39,888 41,312 41,365 40,586 39,293 37,515 37,400 38,784
Employment 32,934 33,091 33,890 35,086 36,239 37,276 39,046 39,268 38,502 36,664 34,707 34,239 35,914
Unemployment 3,767 4,024 3,380 2,722 2,880 2,612 2,266 2,097 2,084 2,629 2,808 3,161 2,870
Unemployment Rate 10.3% 10.8% 9.1% 7.2% 7.4% 6.5% 5.5% 5.1% 5.1% 6.7% 7.5% 8.5% 7.4%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 36,929 36,732 37,089 37,345 38,896 39,624 41,326 41,575 40,497 39,380 38,509 38,037 38,829
Employment 32,367 32,142 32,961 34,189 35,872 36,568 38,624 39,168 38,103 36,751 35,541 34,923 35,602
Unemployment 4,562 4,590 4,128 3,156 3,024 3,056 2,702 2,407 2,394 2,629 2,968 3,114 3,227
Unemployment Rate 12.4% 12.5% 11.1% 8.5% 7.8% 7.7% 6.5% 5.8% 5.9% 6.7% 7.7% 8.2% 8.3%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,673 35,861 36,154 36,593 37,951 38,798 40,355 40,446 40,026 37,814 37,262 37,111 37,839
Employment 31,855 32,009 32,696 33,763 35,325 35,967 37,689 38,001 37,539 35,003 34,079 33,429 34,781
Unemployment 3,818 3,852 3,458 2,830 2,626 2,831 2,666 2,445 2,487 2,811 3,183 3,682 3,058
Unemployment Rate 10.7% 10.7% 9.6% 7.7% 6.9% 7.3% 6.6% 6.0% 6.2% 7.4% 8.5% 9.9% 8.1%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 35,996 36,110 35,878 36,676 37,431 38,105 39,577 39,936 38,622 36,605 36,441 35,865 37,272
Employment 32,581 32,375 32,949 34,350 35,262 36,073 37,634 38,190 36,790 34,282 33,596 32,786 34,740
Unemployment 3,415 3,735 2,929 2,326 2,169 2,032 1,943 1,746 1,832 2,323 2,845 3,079 2,532
Unemployment Rate 9.5% 10.3% 8.2% 6.3% 5.8% 5.3% 4.9% 4.4% 4.7% 6.3% 7.8% 8.6% 6.8%

A change in the way the labor force statistics are calculated for boroughs and census areas makes data prior to 2000 not comparable with later data.

Definitions:

  • Labor Force: Includes all of the civilian noninstitutional population classified as employed or unemployed. (See the definitions below.)
  • Employed: During the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), includes those who (a) worked as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family; or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, child care problems, family leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person was counted only once, even if that person held more than one job.
  • Unemployed: Includes all who were not employed during the reference week but were available for work except for temporary illness, and had tried to find employment some time during the four-week period ending with the reference week. Those who were not looking for work but were waiting to be called back to a job from which they had been laid off also qualified as unemployed.
  • Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.