Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
North Carolina 4.8% -0.2 -8.7

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina peaked in May 2020 at 647,514. There are now 407,991 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 239,523 -11,691 -407,991

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to May 2021

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 4.8% 239,523
April 2021 6.1% 5.0% 251,214
March 2021 6.0% 5.2% 258,974
February 2021 6.2% 5.7% 286,655
January 2021 6.3% 5.9% 297,719
December 2020 6.7% 6.1% 308,883
November 2020 6.7% 6.4% 323,110
October 2020 6.9% 6.8% 340,996
September 2020 7.8% 7.3% 364,282
August 2020 8.4% 6.8% 331,558
July 2020 10.2% 8.8% 433,293