Department of Numbers

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in December 2009 at 12.7% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
North Carolina 3.6% 0.0 -0.4
Charlotte 3.4% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 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 141,354. There are now 94,851 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 46,229 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 274.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 46,503 -386 -1,087

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.4% 46,503
December
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.4% 46,889
November
2019
3.5% 3.6% 3.5% 48,026
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.6% 49,288
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 50,322
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 51,532
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 51,714
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 51,611
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.7% 50,855
April
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.7% 49,936
March
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 49,289

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.