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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in May 2020 at 13.4% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
North Carolina 5.7% -0.2 +2.1
Charlotte 5.7% -0.2 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 May 2020 at 176,714. There are now 98,776 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 77,938 -1,779 +32,138

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.7% 77,938
January
2021
6.3% 5.9% 5.9% 79,717
December
2020
6.7% 6.1% 6.1% 81,178
November
2020
6.7% 6.4% 6.1% 81,698
October
2020
6.9% 6.8% 6.2% 82,199
September
2020
7.8% 7.3% 7.3% 96,889
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 7.0% 91,527
July
2020
10.2% 8.8% 9.0% 121,518
June
2020
11.1% 8.8% 8.2% 107,511
May
2020
13.3% 13.5% 13.4% 176,714
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 13.2% 168,063

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.