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Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in January 2010 at 12.3% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in March 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
North Carolina 6.4% +0.2 -1.9
Charlotte 6.4% +0.1 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 49,091 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 58,294 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 964. Charlotte employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlotte, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 59,258 +964 -18,160

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 6.4%
May
2014
6.3% 6.4% 6.4% 59,258
April
2014
6.3% 6.2% 6.3% 58,294
March
2014
6.7% 6.3% 6.3% 58,541
February
2014
6.7% 6.4% 6.4% 59,060
January
2014
6.6% 6.7% 6.8% 62,277
December
2013
6.7% 6.9% 7.1% 64,997
November
2013
7.0% 7.2% 7.2% 66,748
October
2013
7.2% 7.5% 7.4% 68,759
September
2013
7.2% 7.7% 7.7% 70,889
August
2013
7.2% 8.0% 7.9% 72,969
July
2013
7.3% 8.1% 8.1% 74,731
June
2013
7.5% 8.3% 8.2% 76,135

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.