Department of Numbers

North Carolina Job Growth

There were 4,452,900 jobs in North Carolina in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,746,591 employed persons for the month. North Carolina added 14,400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 4,804 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,452,900 +14,400 -173,700
CPS 4,746,591 +4,804 -175,050

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 4,626,600. Since then 173,700 jobs have been lost in North Carolina according to the employer survey. From a trough of 4,051,400 in April 2020, North Carolina has gained 401,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Carolina reached a maximum of 4,930,705 in December 2019. 184,114 jobs have been lost in North Carolina since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 4,054,932, North Carolina has added 691,659 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 4,452,900 14,400 4,746,591 4,804
January 2021 4,438,500 2,700 4,741,787 10,623
December 2020 4,435,800 21,500 4,731,164 18,526
November 2020 4,414,300 11,400 4,712,638 25,286
October 2020 4,402,900 20,100 4,687,352 44,658
September 2020 4,382,800 26,500 4,642,694 62,951
August 2020 4,356,300 45,700 4,579,743 80,468
July 2020 4,310,600 53,300 4,499,275 94,492
June 2020 4,257,300 132,900 4,404,783 253,088
May 2020 4,124,399 72,999 4,151,695 96,763
April 2020 4,051,400 -548,600 4,054,932 -658,149
March 2020 4,600,000 -26,600 4,713,081 -208,560