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NC's labor force shrinks in June; jobless rate holds at 8.8 percent

Posted July 19, 2013

— North Carolina's labor force shrank by more than 10,000 people from May to June, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Commerce. 

Coupled with a small increase in the number of people unemployed, the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.8 percent. 

More than 416,700 people in the state remain unemployed, up 596 from May, and the state's labor force shrank by 10,362, to 4,709,264. The number of people employed fell by 10,958, to 4,292,497. Unemployment Rate graphic What's behind the North Carolina unemployment rate?

The jobs and labor force numbers released Friday are factors in the calculation of the statewide unemployment rate, which was also 8.8 percent in May. 

North Carolina has has the country‚Äôs fifth-highest unemployment rate, behind Nevada, Illinois, Mississippi and Rhode Island.

Despite the flat unemployment rate and decrease in the state's labor force, the state added about 5,700 non-farm jobs from May to June. Manufacturing, education and health services, leisure and hospitality services and government were the only major industries to record job losses in the month. 

June's unemployment rate is down about eight tenths in the last year. The June 2012 unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, and in that month, more than 450,000 people were unemployed. 

The national unemployment rate held steady in June, remaining at 7.6 percent because more people started looking for jobs.

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  • RKBA Jul 22, 5:46 p.m.

    It's a good thing the Stimulus package was spent, or unemployment would be over 8% !

  • whatelseisnew Jul 22, 5:24 p.m.

    ""You have done nothing other than ram your repressive, 20th century view of the world down our throats.

    seankelly15""

    Amazing how so many people fail to see just how oppressive Government gets when lefties control it. Lets see, which party is it that does not want school choice? Which party is it that is forcing people to buy insurance? Which party is trying to force kids to eat what they deem they should eat? Which party takes more and more and more from people and then use what they have taken to attempt to further control people? It is the recently deposed party in North Carolina.

  • Six String Jul 22, 4:16 p.m.

    "You have done nothing other than ram your repressive, 20th century view of the world down our throats.

    seankelly15"

    ==========

    Now here I have to disagree strongly with this statement, seankelly15. I believe you must have meant a repressive 19th century view of the world, didn't you?

  • determined2win Jul 22, 1:50 p.m.

    And the TRUE Unemployment number is 11%+...

  • whatelseisnew Jul 22, 12:28 p.m.

    Does anyone know where those 10,000+ people went?

  • whatelseisnew Jul 22, 12:28 p.m.

    "Yes, and they have nothing to do with the law or any harm to a company, but with greed. They don't want to take a pay cut themselves so they punish their workers."

    Odd how people ALWAYS point at the Employer. Lets see, Chicago had a huge budget issue with education costs. Now did the employees of that system step up and say, Hey, we will take a temporary pay and benefit cut to help with this problem. NOPE. They went out on strike for HIGHER Pay. Result, those greedy people got the money and now schools are being closed. Now of course many of those SAME greedy employees are complaining about THAT. Instead they want the city to TAKE even more money from the taxpayers to support their greed.

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 19, 7:19 p.m.

    "you read this article of the most recent chamber of commerce poll on obamacare "ages ago"?"

    Yes, well before you mentioned it. AS I said, it doesn't prove your point.

  • onlymy2cents Jul 19, 7:16 p.m.

    "Here is the story."

    Silly boy I had read that ages ago. It still doesn't prove your point.

    Orthodox Celt

    you read this article of the most recent chamber of commerce poll on obamacare "ages ago"?

    Bye

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 19, 7:10 p.m.

    "Here is the story."

    Silly boy I had read that ages ago. It still doesn't prove your point.

  • onlymy2cents Jul 19, 7:05 p.m.

    Here is the story...http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227467

    weekend .....

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