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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 November 2021 to 3.8%. 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 May 2020 at 14.0% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
North Carolina 3.9% -0.2 -2.5
Charlotte 3.8% -0.2 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 184,130. There are now 131,561 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 52,569 -2,204 -35,491

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.9% 3.8% 52,569
October
2021
4.6% 4.1% 4.0% 54,773
September
2021
4.7% 4.3% 4.1% 56,500
August
2021
5.2% 4.3% 4.2% 58,278
July
2021
5.4% 4.4% 4.4% 60,041
June
2021
5.9% 4.6% 4.5% 61,818
May
2021
5.8% 4.8% 4.6% 63,073
April
2021
6.0% 5.0% 4.8% 65,036
March
2021
6.0% 5.2% 4.9% 66,256
February
2021
6.2% 5.7% 5.7% 78,897
January
2021
6.4% 5.9% 5.9% 81,709

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.