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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
North Carolina 5.1% -0.2 -0.1
Charlotte 4.6% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 142,267. There are now 82,263 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 56,219 in July 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,785.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 60,004 -2,410 -4,351

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.9%
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.6% 60,004
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.8% 62,414
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.7% 61,009
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.6% 59,089
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.6% 58,920
September
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.7% 59,601
August
2016
4.9% 5.0% 4.5% 57,163
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.5% 56,219
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.6% 58,603
May
2016
4.7% 5.0% 4.7% 59,749
April
2016
5.0% 5.0% 5.2% 65,502

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.