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NC unemployment hits 11.1 percent

North and South Carolina 's unemployment rates continued their rise into double digits last month. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show North Carolina 's unemployment rate at 11.1 percent, compared to 10.7 percent the previous month. That represents an increase in about 250,000 unemployed workers. The manufacturing and government sectors reported the highest job losses, but UNC Charlotte economist Benjamin Russo says there's another reason the number of unemployed workers continues to climb. "What's interesting about North Carolina I think is that as employment has cratered in the last year, the labor force has increased. People keep moving to North Carolina and that adds to the unemployment rate," Russo says. North Carolina has the nation's 7th-highest unemployment rate. South Carolina has the third highest rate at 12.1 percent, behind Oregon and Michigan. The national unemployment rate is 9.4 percent. The numbers for Charlotte and other metropolitan areas are expected to be released next week.