|Chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics|
The preliminary data reports employment growth of 5 percent since the beginning of the year in "financial activities," and 2.5 percent growth over the same time last year. Employment is still down 5 percent from its peak in 2006.
The growth comes even as Charlotte's largest bank employers, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, have been shedding jobs. They still maintain more than 35,000 jobs in Charlotte, and have both been hiring mortgage servicers in response to new legal standards.
Other financial firms with locations in Charlotte -- like Ameritrust and US Bancorp-- have been expanding.
The June figures are preliminary and could still be revised. Finance employment also tends to peak in the summer months and fall by the end of the year.
Other government data have shown a more modest recovery in finance and insurance jobs.