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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 4.1% 0.0 -0.9
Charlotte 3.9% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 91,201 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 50,125 in July 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 941.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 51,066 +941 -9,427

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 4.1%
August
2017
4.4% 4.1% 3.9% 51,066
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 50,125
June
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.9% 50,691
May
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.2% 54,855
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.4% 57,848
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.5% 59,046
February
2017
4.7% 5.1% 4.7% 60,740
January
2017
4.8% 5.3% 4.8% 62,854
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 4.7% 61,599
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 4.7% 61,549
October
2016
4.8% 5.1% 4.8% 61,739

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.