Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 5.6% -0.1 +0.2

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 2015

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 253,063 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 247,584 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 22,249. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 269,833 -799 +19,806

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to December 2015

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.6% 269,833
November 2015 5.0% 5.7% 270,632
October 2015 5.0% 5.7% 272,992
September 2015 5.1% 5.8% 275,687
August 2015 5.1% 5.9% 280,736
July 2015 5.3% 5.9% 279,228
June 2015 5.3% 5.8% 276,640
May 2015 5.5% 5.7% 272,341
April 2015 5.4% 5.5% 260,036
March 2015 5.5% 5.4% 253,303
February 2015 5.5% 5.3% 247,584