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 January 2020 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% 0.0 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina peaked in February 2010 at 525,559. There are now 340,678 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 184,881 -1,242 -18,230

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.6% 184,881
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
June 2019 3.7% 4.0% 202,489
May 2019 3.6% 4.0% 204,202
April 2019 3.6% 4.1% 205,196
March 2019 3.8% 4.1% 205,344