Department of Numbers

North Carolina Job Growth

There were 4,370,500 jobs in North Carolina in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 4,656,817 employed persons for the month. North Carolina added 16,500 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 28,320 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is North Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 4,370,500 +16,500 -222,300
CPS 4,656,817 +28,320 -261,796

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 241,500 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 374,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in North Carolina reached a maximum of 4,932,056 in February 2020. 275,239 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 574,583 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

North Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 4,370,500 16,500 4,656,817 28,320
October 2020 4,354,000 34,000 4,628,497 84,283
September 2020 4,320,000 51,900 4,544,214 24,864
August 2020 4,268,100 22,000 4,519,350 37,195
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