Unemployment Drops in North Carolina, State Adds 111,111 Jobs Over Year

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell .2 percentage points to 4.9 percent in March, as the state added 111,111 working people since March 2016.

According to state jobs figures released Friday by the Department of Commerce, the number of people working increased 15,331 from February to March, while the number of people unemployed decreased 8,149 over the month to 244,060.

Fueled by a migration increase, North Carolina’s population grew by more than 112,000 new residents the last two years, the largest single year increase since 2010 and the fifth-largest increase in the United States. 

According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina’s population is growing faster than the national average and added 81,000 net migrants since 2015.  The state has added 611,000 new residents since 2010.

“North Carolina continues to attract new residents and businesses thanks to Republican’s low-tax, pro-jobs agenda that puts bigger paychecks in the pockets of working people,” said House Speaker Tim Moore.