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 December 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. From a post peak low of 4.6% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
North Carolina 5.1% +0.1 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 271,289 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 221,706 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29,901. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 251,607 +8,718 -16,825

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.1% 251,607
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 242,889
October 2016 4.8% 4.9% 236,756
September 2016 4.9% 4.7% 227,110
August 2016 4.9% 4.6% 221,706
July 2016 4.9% 4.7% 225,554
June 2016 4.9% 4.9% 238,887
May 2016 4.7% 5.1% 250,340
April 2016 5.0% 5.4% 264,133
March 2016 5.0% 5.5% 265,848
February 2016 4.9% 5.5% 266,049