Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
North Carolina 3.4% -0.1 -1.7

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 658,694. There are now 485,346 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 173,348 -3,917 -79,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to April 2022

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 3.4% 173,348
March 2022 3.6% 3.5% 177,265
February 2022 3.8% 3.7% 187,183
January 2022 4.0% 3.9% 197,415
December 2021 3.9% 4.1% 207,063
November 2021 4.2% 4.2% 210,638
October 2021 4.6% 4.4% 217,971
September 2021 4.7% 4.5% 226,733
August 2021 5.2% 4.8% 237,108
July 2021 5.4% 4.9% 242,421
June 2021 5.9% 5.0% 247,223