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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 2.0 percentage points in August 2020 to 7.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in May 2020 at 13.4% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
North Carolina 6.5% -2.0 +2.7
Charlotte 7.0% -2.0 +3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 84,703 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 92,011 -29,507 +44,232

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 6.5% 7.0% 92,011
July
2020
10.2% 8.5% 9.0% 121,518
June
2020
11.1% 7.5% 8.2% 107,511
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 13.4% 176,714
April
2020
14.7% 12.9% 13.2% 168,063
March
2020
4.4% 4.3% 4.0% 54,394
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.3% 45,800
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.3% 46,086
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.3% 44,898
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.3% 45,457
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.3% 46,162

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.