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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte rose 0.3 percentage points in January 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
North Carolina 3.8% +0.1 -0.4
Charlotte 3.7% +0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2019 data as February 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 142,237. There are now 92,504 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 42,230 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,503.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 49,733 +3,346 -6,430

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8% 3.9%
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.7% 49,733
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 46,387
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 43,490
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.2% 43,135
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 42,230
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 45,811
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.5% 47,487
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 3.7% 49,343
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.7% 49,009
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.0% 52,884
March
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.2% 55,881

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.