Department of Numbers

North Carolina Job Growth

There were 4,263,100 jobs in North Carolina in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,510,574 employed persons for the month. North Carolina added 17,000 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 28,419 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,263,100 +17,000 -320,100
CPS 4,510,574 +28,419 -387,558

North Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for North Carolina as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in North Carolina

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for North Carolina at 4,612,000. Since then 348,900 jobs have been lost in North Carolina according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,996,200 in April 2020, North Carolina has gained 266,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Carolina reached a maximum of 4,932,056 in February 2020. 421,482 jobs have been lost in North Carolina since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 4,082,234, North Carolina has added 428,340 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 4,263,100 17,000 4,510,574 28,419
July 2020 4,246,100 17,000 4,482,155 52,021
June 2020 4,229,100 167,600 4,430,134 229,411
May 2020 4,061,500 65,300 4,200,723 118,489
April 2020 3,996,200 -571,500 4,082,234 -673,306
March 2020 4,567,700 -44,300 4,755,540 -176,516
February 2020 4,612,000 3,300 4,932,056 6,315
January 2020 4,608,700 14,800 4,925,741 8,563
December 2019 4,593,900 1,100 4,917,178 -1,435
November 2019 4,592,800 8,200 4,918,613 379
October 2019 4,584,600 1,000 4,918,234 8,090
September 2019 4,583,600 400 4,910,144 12,012