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Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
North Carolina 5.7% +0.2 -0.6
Charlotte 5.6% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 142,240. There are now 73,628 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 63,348 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,264. Charlotte employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlotte, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 68,612 +2,388 -5,109

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 68,612
April
2015
5.4% 5.5% 5.4% 66,224
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 5.3% 64,612
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 5.3% 63,866
January
2015
5.7% 5.3% 5.3% 63,906
December
2014
5.6% 5.4% 5.3% 63,348
November
2014
5.8% 5.5% 5.5% 65,462
October
2014
5.7% 5.7% 5.7% 67,618
September
2014
5.9% 5.8% 5.9% 70,049
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 6.1% 72,267
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 6.1% 72,862
June
2014
6.1% 6.2% 6.1% 72,949

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.