The rate remains near its historic peak of around 11 percent for a 10th straight month.
According to the Employment Security Commission, November's 10.8 is a fraction lower than October's 10.9 percent. The monthly estimate has yo-yoed slightly above and below 11 percent since February.
The state's unemployment rate has been worse than the national average for more than a year. The U.S. jobless rate was 10 percent in November.
North Carolina's jobless rate was 7.5 percent in November 2008. Since then, the state has paid more than $4.3 billion in unemployment benefits, including emergency compensation and extended benefits.