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Charlotte-area unemployment climbs to 11.1 percent

The Charlotte metropolitan area’s unemployment rate increased in January to 11.1 percent from 10.7 percent in December, according to data released today from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

The biggest over-the-month job losses in the Charlotte metro area in January occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, which shed 3,400 jobs. Professional and business services saw the second largest loss of jobs, at 2,600.

Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate also rose in January, to 10.3 percent from 10 percent in December. The county had the highest number of unemployment insurance claims in January, at 6,389, which totaled more than $14.5 million.

Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in January. The state had 37 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.

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