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 January 2019 to 3.8%. 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 January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see North Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 3.8% +0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: North Carolina, National

North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 334,552 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 184,536 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,471. North Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
North Carolina 191,007 +5,083 -18,022

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 3.8% 191,007
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
August 2018 3.8% 3.7% 186,624
July 2018 3.9% 3.8% 189,644
June 2018 4.0% 3.9% 193,760
May 2018 3.8% 4.0% 197,927
April 2018 3.9% 4.0% 201,718
March 2018 4.0% 4.1% 204,930