Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
North Carolina 6.4% -0.3 -2.2

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 227,740 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 296,226 -14,748 -112,126

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 6.4% 296,226
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
September 2013 7.2% 7.7% 359,522
August 2013 7.2% 8.0% 372,467
July 2013 7.3% 8.1% 382,204
June 2013 7.5% 8.3% 388,320
May 2013 7.5% 8.3% 391,216
April 2013 7.5% 8.4% 393,657
March 2013 7.5% 8.5% 400,295