CARPINTERIA Calif. High unemployment in California was blamed for a 5.1-percent decline in same-store sales among company-operated Carlâ€™s Jr. units for the first quarter of 2010, though sister chain Hardeeâ€™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,Â are located in California, where the unemployment rate hit 11 percent in April, ...
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