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 March 2017 to 4.9%. 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in June 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
North Carolina 4.9% -0.2 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 278,836 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 238,767 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,293. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 244,060 -8,149 -4,697

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 4.9% 244,060
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
May 2016 4.7% 5.0% 240,150
April 2016 5.0% 5.0% 243,752