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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 July 2016 to 4.5%. 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 8.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
North Carolina 4.7% -0.2 -1.0
Charlotte 4.5% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2016 data as August 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 85,924 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 56,343 -2,260 -11,108

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
August
2016
4.9% 4.6%
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 56,343
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
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

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.