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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charlotte fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 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 April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
North Carolina 3.6% +0.1 -0.9
Charlotte 3.4% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 129,482 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 47,755 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 308.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 48,063 +139 -9,687

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.6% 3.4% 48,063
August
2022
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 47,924
July
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.4% 47,755
June
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.4% 48,442
May
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 48,546
April
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.5% 48,928
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

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.