Unemployment rates climb in Charlotte area

Mecklenburg County's unemployment rate was up in June, the second consecutive month there was an increase, according to data released Friday.

The county's jobless rate was 6.1 percent, up from 5.7 percent in May and 5 percent in April, statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission show.

“The effect of the national economy is being felt in all of North Carolina's 100 counties,” said Harry Payne Jr., the commission's chairman.

“While the number of counties that had increasing rates is fewer than the previous month,” he said, “we see that the rising price of gasoline is having an impact on the labor force.”

Unemployment across the Charlotte metropolitan area was higher than the county rate: 6.3 percent in June, up from 5.9 percent in May.

Statewide, June unemployment was 6.2 percent, up from 5.8 percent a month earlier.