Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.1%. 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 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
North Carolina 5.1% -0.3 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 272,352 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 250,544 -13,589 -25,278

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 5.1% 250,544
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 264,133
March 2016 5.0% 5.5% 265,848
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