Department of Numbers

North Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for North Carolina rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 14.2% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in April 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
North Carolina 3.6% +0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 474,474 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 170,891 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,329. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 184,220 +4,699 -42,513

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.6% 184,220
August 2022 3.7% 3.5% 179,521
July 2022 3.5% 3.4% 171,657
June 2022 3.6% 3.4% 172,269
May 2022 3.6% 3.4% 170,891
April 2022 3.6% 3.4% 173,331
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