Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower 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 4.6% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 4.9% +0.2 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 285,691 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 221,706 in August 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,499. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 237,205 +10,095 -31,582

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.9% 237,205
September 2016 5.0% 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
January 2016 4.9% 5.6% 266,407
December 2015 5.0% 5.6% 268,432