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Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 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. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
North Carolina 5.6% -0.1 +0.2
Charlotte 5.2% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 142,240. There are now 77,383 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 63,348 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,509. Charlotte employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charlotte, North Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 64,857 -847 +1,509

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.2% 64,857
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.3% 65,704
October
2015
5.0% 5.7% 5.3% 66,120
September
2015
5.1% 5.8% 5.3% 65,706
August
2015
5.1% 5.9% 5.4% 66,631
July
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.4% 67,040
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.5% 67,608
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.6% 68,507
April
2015
5.4% 5.5% 5.4% 66,224
March
2015
5.5% 5.4% 5.3% 64,612
February
2015
5.5% 5.3% 5.3% 63,866

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.