North Carolina Employment Statistics

  • 277,822 employers
  • 4,409,849 employees
  • $976 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 11.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.0% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: North Carolina Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 25,697 more businesses
  • 586,550 more employees
  • 15.3% increase in total wages
  • $10,924 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 27.4% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: North Carolina Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Mecklenburg County North Carolina, 36,827
County with the Most Employees: Mecklenburg County North Carolina, 604,548
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Durham County North Carolina, $1,304
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Hyde County North Carolina, 12.5%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of North Carolina, see: North Carolina Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of North Carolina see: North Carolina Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 4,885,696 employed workers
  • 212,072 unemployed workers
  • 4.2% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of North Carolina, see: North Carolina Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 284,702 employers, up 2.1% from 278,812
  • 4,511,896 employees, up 2.0% from 4,425,470
  • $970 average weekly wage, up 3.9% from $934
  • The average weekly wage is 11.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 5.1% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for North Carolina, see: North Carolina Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.