Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2016 to 5.5%. 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 5.5% 0.0 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2016

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 256,978 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 265,918 -131 -7,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to March 2016

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 5.5% 265,918
February 2016 4.9% 5.5% 266,049
January 2016 4.9% 5.6% 266,407
December 2015 5.0% 5.6% 268,432
November 2015 5.0% 5.6% 268,317
October 2015 5.0% 5.6% 268,787
September 2015 5.1% 5.7% 269,535
August 2015 5.1% 5.7% 270,988
July 2015 5.3% 5.7% 273,088
June 2015 5.3% 5.8% 275,038
May 2015 5.5% 5.8% 275,822
April 2015 5.4% 5.8% 275,062