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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 March 2016 to 5.2%. 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 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
North Carolina 5.5% 0.0 -0.3
Charlotte 5.2% +0.1 -0.4
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 142,267. There are now 76,610 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 63,613 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,044.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 65,657 +1,302 -2,867

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 65,657
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
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 5.4% 67,451
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.5% 68,744
May
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.7% 69,939
April
2015
5.4% 5.8% 5.7% 69,723

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.