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Charlotte-area unemployment rate climbs to 11.2 percent in May

The Charlotte-area unemployment rate rose in June to 11.2 percent from 10.4 percent in May, according to preliminary statistics released today from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

Charlotte was not alone; unemployment rates increased in 91 of the state’s 100 counties in June. Rates decreased in six counties and remained the same in three.

Among 14 metro areas in the state, Charlotte had the third-highest unemployment rate, with Rocky Mount at No. 1 at 13.7 percent and Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton at No. 2 at 12.5 percent.

In June, the Charlotte-area labor force was made of 856,414 people. A total of 95,973 were unemployed.

Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate in June was 11.1 percent, up from 10.3 percent in May and unchanged from June 2010.


  1. The rise isn’t due to any layoffs from the City. I wonder if we will see any sort of concern or plan from the current leadership? Seems as though they are still running Charlotte with the cruise control set at 2006.

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