Jobless rate hits 7.1% in region

Unemployment in the Charlotte metro area – and Mecklenburg County – hit its highest level since at least 1990 in August, according to data released Friday by the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

The Charlotte area unemployment rate hit 7.1 percent in August, up from 6.9 percent in July; the Mecklenburg County unemployment was 7 percent, up from 6.7 percent in July.

Both are the highest unemployment rates reported since January of 1990, the first month tracked by the ESC's online database. The figures are slightly above the statewide rate of 6.8 percent.

Though the number of unemployed people statewide decreased between July and August, that wasn't the case locally. Even though the Charlotte area's labor force has added 13,554 people since August 2007, there were 20,056 more unemployed people this August, according to the ESC.

Jen Aronoff