Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in January 2010 at 11.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 4.5% +0.2 -0.7

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina peaked in February 2010 at 522,896. There are now 300,780 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 200,167 in August 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21,949. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 222,116 +8,755 -34,736

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to December 2017

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.5% 222,116
November 2017 4.1% 4.3% 213,361
October 2017 4.1% 4.1% 203,783
September 2017 4.2% 4.1% 200,222
August 2017 4.4% 4.1% 200,167
July 2017 4.3% 4.1% 200,547
June 2017 4.3% 4.2% 207,757
May 2017 4.3% 4.5% 222,943
April 2017 4.4% 4.7% 234,535
March 2017 4.5% 4.9% 243,698
February 2017 4.7% 5.1% 252,209