Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2015 to 5.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in January 2010 at 11.3% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
North Carolina 5.4% +0.1 -1.0

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2015

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 269,386 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 247,584 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,926. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 253,510 +5,926 -44,460

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to March 2015

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 5.4% 253,510
February 2015 5.5% 5.3% 247,584
January 2015 5.7% 5.3% 248,188
December 2014 5.6% 5.4% 250,027
November 2014 5.8% 5.5% 255,362
October 2014 5.7% 5.7% 262,054
September 2014 5.9% 5.8% 268,982
August 2014 6.1% 6.0% 275,661
July 2014 6.2% 6.1% 282,011
June 2014 6.1% 6.2% 287,615
May 2014 6.3% 6.3% 291,938