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 August 2018 to 3.9%. 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 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
North Carolina 3.9% -0.2 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

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 328,623 fewer people unemployed in the state. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 196,936 -6,492 -21,263

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to August 2018

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 3.9% 196,936
July 2018 3.9% 4.1% 203,428
June 2018 4.0% 4.2% 209,577
May 2018 3.8% 4.3% 213,631
April 2018 3.9% 4.4% 219,580
March 2018 4.1% 4.5% 222,517
February 2018 4.1% 4.5% 222,388
January 2018 4.1% 4.5% 222,256
December 2017 4.1% 4.5% 221,849
November 2017 4.1% 4.5% 221,920
October 2017 4.1% 4.5% 221,322