Raleigh, N.C.

The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.9 percent.

North Carolina’s June 2021 unemployment rate decreased 4.2 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 12,600 over the month to 4,769,929 and increased 365,146 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,422 over the month to 231,636 and decreased 192,329 over the year.

Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 41,900 to 4,502,400 in June. Major industries experiencing increases were Government, 19,800; Leisure & Hospitality Services, 7,300; Professional & Business Services, 4,700; Construction, 2,000; Education & Health Services, 1,800; Financial Activities, 1,700; Manufacturing, 1,700; Other Services, 1,400; Information, 900; and Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 600. Mining & Logging employment remained unchanged.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates since June 2020

  June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 May 2021 June 2021
N.C. 8.8 8.8 6.8 7.3 6.8 6.4 6.1 5.9 5.7 5.2 5.0 4.8 4.6
U.S. 11.1 10.2 8.4 7.8 6.9 6.7 6.7 6.3 6.2 6.0 6.1 5.8 5.9

* Please note: 2020 numbers have undergone annual revision *

Since June 2020, Total Nonfarm jobs increased 245,100 with the Total Private sector increasing by 228,600 and Government increasing by 16,500. Major industries experiencing increases were Leisure & Hospitality Services, 80,900; Professional & Business Services, 44,800; Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 41,100; Manufacturing, 18,100; Government, 16,500; Education & Health Services, 13,500; Construction, 11,000; Other Services, 7,200; Information, 6,800; Financial Activities, 5,100; and Mining & Logging, 100.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2021 when the county unemployment rates for June 2021 will be released.

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