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 January 2017 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in June 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 5.3% +0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 262,746 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 238,767 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21,383. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 260,150 +3,298 +1,780

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.3% 260,150
December 2016 4.7% 5.2% 256,852
November 2016 4.6% 5.2% 254,665
October 2016 4.8% 5.1% 251,275
September 2016 4.9% 5.1% 247,318
August 2016 4.9% 5.0% 243,110
July 2016 4.9% 4.9% 239,914
June 2016 4.9% 4.9% 238,767
May 2016 4.7% 5.0% 240,150
April 2016 5.0% 5.0% 243,752
March 2016 5.0% 5.1% 248,757