Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
North Carolina 4.5% -0.2 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 299,907 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 222,989 -11,546 -17,161

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 4.5% 222,989
April 2017 4.4% 4.7% 234,535
March 2017 4.5% 4.9% 243,698
February 2017 4.7% 5.1% 252,209
January 2017 4.8% 5.3% 260,064
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