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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 September 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the North Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charlotte peaked in December 2009 at 12.6% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charlotte unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
North Carolina 3.8% -0.1 -0.6
Charlotte 3.2% -0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2018 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 February 2010 at 142,237. There are now 99,778 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Charlotte 42,459 -3,352 -13,275

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charlotte, North Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
North Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployment Rate
Charlotte
Unemployed
October
2018
3.7% 3.6%
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.2% 42,459
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.4% 45,811
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.5% 47,487
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.7% 49,343
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 49,009
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.0% 52,884
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 55,881
February
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 55,596
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 56,163
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 56,509
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 56,441

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.