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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
North Carolina 3.4% -0.1 -1.7
Charlotte 3.5% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 177,545. There are now 128,615 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 48,930 -691 -19,584

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 48,930
March
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 49,621
February
2022
3.8% 3.7% 3.7% 50,785
January
2022
4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 52,622
December
2021
3.9% 4.1% 4.0% 55,096
November
2021
4.2% 4.2% 4.0% 55,005
October
2021
4.6% 4.4% 4.1% 55,589
September
2021
4.7% 4.5% 4.2% 57,750
August
2021
5.2% 4.8% 4.4% 60,331
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 4.6% 62,881
June
2021
5.9% 5.0% 4.8% 65,042

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.