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Cities & States

Mecklenburg County
Population: 990,288
Wake County
Population: 976,019
Guilford County
Population: 506,763
Forsyth County
Population: 361,684
Cumberland County
Population: 324,603
Durham County
Population: 288,817
Buncombe County
Population: 247,336
Union County
Population: 213,422
New Hanover County
Population: 213,091
Gaston County
Population: 209,807

North Carolina

State of North Carolina Demographics

North Carolina is located in the Southeast region, and has transitioned from a traditional economy based on tobacco, furniture and textiles, to a global economy that is driven by knowledge-based enterprises. Academic R&D is one of the Tar Heel State’s competitive advantages, concentrated in the Research Triangle region. Most recent job growth has been in the service sector industries, while most job losses have been in the traditional or labor intensive industries, such as manufacturing. (Source: North Carolina Department of Commerce)

The latest employment scorecard for the State of North Carolina for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. North Carolina’s labor force grew by 0.55 percent, a good but not great increase. The labor force participation rate fell slightly by 0.5 percent, and is also okay but slightly below the national average. The unemployment rate fell 0.9 percent and is at a healthy 4.1 percent.  You can view what jobs are available in North Carolina, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

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View more North Carolina demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of North Carolina below. More employment information for the State of North Carolina and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by retail trade; health care and social assistance; manufacturing; and accommodation and food services, respectively.


Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
16.6% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in North Carolina

Directory of Counties in North Carolina

North Carolina Unemployment Data
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