Department of Numbers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.7%. 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 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 4.9% +0.2 -0.7
Charlotte 4.7% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 82,739 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 3,309.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 59,528 -73 -6,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.7% 59,528
September
2016
5.0% 4.7% 4.7% 59,601
August
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.5% 57,163
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 56,219
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.6% 58,603
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

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.