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Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in January 2010 at 12.3% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
North Carolina 5.4% -0.1 -1.3
Charlotte 5.7% -0.3 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Charlotte, North Carolina, National

Charlotte, North Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Charlotte peaked in February 2010 at 108,349. There are now 56,047 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Charlotte employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlotte, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 52,302 -2,812 -12,695

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5%
January
2015
5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.7% 52,302
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 6.0% 55,114
October
2014
5.7% 5.7% 6.3% 57,984
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 6.5% 60,050
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 6.5% 60,278
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 6.3% 58,759
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 6.3% 58,470
May
2014
6.3% 6.3% 6.4% 59,404
April
2014
6.2% 6.4% 6.3% 58,294
March
2014
6.6% 6.4% 6.3% 58,541

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.