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 July 2019 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
North Carolina 4.2% 0.0 +0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

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 313,487 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 184,536 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 27,536. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 212,072 +1,295 +22,428

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in North Carolina from 1990 to July 2019

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 4.2% 212,072
June 2019 3.7% 4.2% 210,777
May 2019 3.6% 4.1% 206,914
April 2019 3.6% 4.0% 202,428
March 2019 3.8% 4.0% 199,901
February 2019 3.8% 3.9% 194,763
January 2019 4.0% 3.8% 191,041
December 2018 3.9% 3.7% 185,924
November 2018 3.7% 3.7% 185,379
October 2018 3.8% 3.7% 184,536
September 2018 3.7% 3.7% 184,967