These Are The 10 Cities In North Carolina With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in North Carolina with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to North Carolina for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Tar Heel State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Carrboro(Jobs)
  2. Summerfield(Jobs)
  3. Clemmons(Jobs)
  4. Pinehurst(Jobs)
  5. Cary(Jobs)
  6. Holly Springs(Jobs)
  7. Cornelius(Jobs)
  8. Morrisville(Jobs)
  9. Matthews(Jobs)
  10. Mebane(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Carrboro takes the cake as the place in North Carolina with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in North Carolina that have the most robust job force.

Or for more North Carolina job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what North Carolina’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 83 places in North Carolina.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 83 with one being the “most employed city in North Carolina”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Carrboro

Carrboro, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,337
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Carrboro comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.5 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Summerfield

Summerfield, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,477
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Summerfield doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Clemmons

Clemmons, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,101
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Clemmons, earning the bronze medal with a score of 3.9 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Pinehurst

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,052
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Pinehurst. With a population of 15052 residents, Pinehurst is a solid place to move in North Carolina if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Cary

Cary, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 146,041
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Cary. Numbering around 146041 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.5%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Holly Springs

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,339
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
The city of Holly Springs is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Cornelius

Cornelius, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,246
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Cornelius. With a unemployment rate of 5.3 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Morrisville

Morrisville, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,728
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Coming in at #8, Morrisville has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of North Carolina’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Matthews

Matthews, North Carolina

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,677
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Matthews, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Mebane

Mebane, North Carolina

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,509
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Mebane, North Carolina. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 83.

Mebane’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across North Carolina

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in North Carolina with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Henderson
  2. Lexington
  3. Boone

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In North Carolina

City Rank Unemployment
Carrboro 1 3.5%
Summerfield 2 3.6%
Clemmons 3 3.9%
Pinehurst 4 4.1%
Cary 5 4.5%
Holly Springs 6 4.8%
Cornelius 7 5.3%
Morrisville 8 5.4%
Matthews 9 5.5%
Mebane 10 5.6%
Mint Hill 11 5.6%
Kernersville 12 5.7%
Chapel Hill 13 5.7%
Wake Forest 14 5.8%
Apex 15 5.9%
Huntersville 16 6.0%
Knightdale 17 6.1%
Harrisburg 18 6.4%
Hickory 19 6.5%
Davidson 20 6.6%
Leland 21 6.7%
Asheville 22 6.9%
Durham 23 7.0%
Raleigh 24 7.1%
Indian Trail 25 7.1%
Stallings 26 7.3%
Archdale 27 7.4%
Garner 28 7.5%
Lewisville 29 7.5%
Hendersonville 30 7.9%
Reidsville 31 8.1%
Waxhaw 32 8.2%
Greensboro 33 8.5%
Clayton 34 8.6%
Southern Pines 35 8.7%
Graham 36 8.8%
Mount Holly 37 8.8%
Hope Mills 38 9.1%
Concord 39 9.3%
Mooresville 40 9.4%
Burlington 41 9.5%
Fuquay-Varina 42 9.5%
Charlotte 43 9.5%
Belmont 44 9.8%
Mount Airy 45 9.9%
Lumberton 46 10.2%
Wilmington 47 10.3%
Sanford 48 10.4%
Roanoke Rapids 49 10.5%
Monroe 50 10.7%
Wilson 51 10.7%
Kannapolis 52 10.7%
Havelock 53 10.9%
Morganton 54 10.9%
Winston-Salem 55 11.1%
Albemarle 56 11.3%
Smithfield 57 11.4%
High Point 58 11.4%
Asheboro 59 11.5%
Tarboro 60 11.8%
Gastonia 61 12.2%
Jacksonville 62 12.3%
Greenville 63 12.6%
Fayetteville 64 13.2%
Kings Mountain 65 13.5%
Thomasville 66 13.6%
New Bern 67 13.7%
Salisbury 68 14.0%
Newton 69 14.6%
Shelby 70 15.7%
Elizabeth City 71 15.7%
Rocky Mount 72 15.7%
Eden 73 15.8%
Kinston 74 15.9%
Lincolnton 75 16.0%
Lenoir 76 16.1%
Statesville 77 16.3%
Spring Lake 78 16.6%
Laurinburg 79 16.9%
Goldsboro 80 17.3%
Boone 81 17.5%
Lexington 82 18.3%
Henderson 83 19.2%
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