Department of Numbers

North Carolina Job Growth

There were 4,063,300 jobs in North Carolina in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,200,388 employed persons for the month. North Carolina added 67,100 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 118,154 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,063,300 +67,100 -504,800
CPS 4,200,388 +118,154 -662,968

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 548,700 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 67,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Carolina reached a maximum of 4,932,056 in February 2020. 731,668 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 118,154 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 4,063,300 67,100 4,200,388 118,154
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
August 2019 4,583,200 5,200 4,898,132 13,292
July 2019 4,578,000 2,900 4,884,840 12,494
June 2019 4,575,100 7,000 4,872,346 8,990