Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina rose 0.8 percentage points in September 2020 to 7.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.5% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 7.9% -0.5 +4.4
North Carolina 7.3% +0.8 +3.6

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina peaked in May 2020 at 615,512. There are now 258,560 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 312,674 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 44,278. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 356,952 +44,278 +166,666

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to September 2020

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
September 2020 7.9% 7.3% 356,952
August 2020 8.4% 6.5% 312,674
July 2020 10.2% 8.5% 415,452
June 2020 11.1% 7.5% 357,100
May 2020 13.3% 12.8% 615,512
April 2020 14.7% 12.9% 605,692
March 2020 4.4% 4.3% 215,700
February 2020 3.5% 3.6% 182,606
January 2020 3.6% 3.6% 184,891
December 2019 3.5% 3.6% 186,123
November 2019 3.5% 3.6% 185,638
October 2019 3.6% 3.7% 186,472