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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.1 percentage points in June 2016 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 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. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4
North Carolina 4.9% -0.2 -0.9
Charlotte 4.6% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2016 data as July 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 83,462 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 58,805 -944 -9,939

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
July
2016
4.9% 4.7%
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.6% 58,805
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.7% 59,749
April
2016
5.0% 5.4% 5.2% 65,502
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 65,662
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 5.1% 64,355
January
2016
4.9% 5.6% 5.1% 63,613
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 64,960
November
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.3% 65,689
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.3% 66,102
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.4% 66,198
August
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.4% 66,573

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.