UNC's Charlotte Urban Institute reviews recent data, and compares it to surrounding regions and states.
"The June release of N.C. Employment Security Commission (NCESC) data shows widespread increases in unemployment across the state. [New national and state figures will be released Thursday by the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS) and will be available for analysis on http://ri.uncc.edu]. Patterns in the June 2011 NCESC data (see map here) show that the Asheville area, Boone, the Triangle and several coastal and northeastern counties in the state have the state's lowest unemployment rates. Of the urban areas in North Carolina, Charlotte and Greensboro fare the worst in this measure. "