CKE: High unemployment hurt Carl’s Jr.

CARPINTERIA Calif. High unemployment in California was blamed for a 5.1-percent decline in same-store sales among company-operated Carl’s Jr. units for the first quarter of 2010, though sister chain Hardee’s reported an increase of 2.5 percent, parent company CKE Restaurants Inc. reported Wednesday.

About 362 restaurants, or 87 percent of the company-operated stores within the 1,195-unit Carl's Jr. chain, are located in California, where the unemployment rate

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