Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.4 percentage points in October 2014 to 6.3%. 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 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
North Carolina 6.3% -0.4 -1.2

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina peaked in February 2010 at 523,966. There are now 230,331 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 292,122 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,513. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 293,635 -16,685 -54,551

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to October 2014

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8% 6.3% 293,635
September 2014 5.9% 6.7% 310,320
August 2014 6.1% 6.8% 314,842
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 304,558
June 2014 6.1% 6.4% 299,186
May 2014 6.3% 6.4% 301,455
April 2014 6.3% 6.2% 292,122
March 2014 6.7% 6.3% 295,473
February 2014 6.7% 6.4% 297,070
January 2014 6.6% 6.7% 310,974
December 2013 6.7% 6.9% 323,094
November 2013 7.0% 7.2% 333,838
October 2013 7.2% 7.5% 348,186