Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate for North Carolina in April 2020 is at a new high. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
North Carolina 12.9% 0.0 +8.9

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina in May 2020 is at a new high of 621,713. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 621,713 +16,021 +417,511

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 12.9% 621,713
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
September 2019 3.5% 3.7% 190,286
August 2019 3.7% 3.8% 195,092
July 2019 3.7% 3.9% 199,494