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 March 2018 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in North Carolina peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 4.5% 0.0 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 303,040 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 217,085 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,434. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 222,519 +131 -7,754

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 4.5% 222,519
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
September 2017 4.2% 4.4% 219,879
August 2017 4.4% 4.4% 218,199
July 2017 4.3% 4.4% 217,085
June 2017 4.3% 4.4% 217,598
May 2017 4.3% 4.5% 220,338