RALEIGH – Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate increased from 8.7 percent in October to 9.0 percent in November, according to statistics released Jan. 3 by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Mecklenburg reported a 10.1 percent jobless rate in November 2011.

Some 44,852 residents of the 498,790-person workforce were out of work in November.

Unemployment rates decreased in 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Iredell and Lincoln, in November.