Unemployment rate reached an astronomical high in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The media began reporting on increasing crime rates due to the unemployment rate rising. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period. This leads to an interesting question of whether there is a relationship between unemployment rate, drug use, and crime rate. This study will explore that relationship across 26 North Carolina cities and counties. This will be done in a two-part analysis: a cross sectional analysis and a time series analysis.