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Triangle unemployment rate climbs to 7.8 percent

Posted June 22, 2012

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Unemployment across the Triangle increased to 7.8 percent in May, up from 7.5 percent in April.

A year ago, unemployment was 8.4 percent.

Across North Carolina, the news was much the same as the ranks of the jobless increased in 76 of 100 counties, declined in 21 and remained unchanged in three, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobless rate is 9.4 percent. that was unchanged from April. The national jobless rate is 8.2 percent.

Unemployment in 13 of the state's 14 metropolitan areas also increased.

In Fayetteville, unemployment rose to 9.8 percent from 9.4 percent and is nearly as high as a year ago (9.9 percent).

In Goldsboro, the jobless rate climbed to 8.8 percent from 8.4 percent.

In Rocky Mount, unemployment hit 12.5 percent, up from 12.1 percent.

Raleigh-Cary's rate increased to 7.7 percent from 7.4 percent and Durham-Chapel Hill's rate rose to 7.4 percent from 7.1 percent.

Compared to a year ago, the state said some progress is being made.

“While rates were up in most counties for May, over-the-year, we see a positive downward trend,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll in a statement.

“Rates were down in 88 counties across North Carolina since May of last year. Our focus remains on growing jobs across the state as several key job announcements have been made over the past several weeks. Our employment service offices are committed to working with employers to get job seekers back to work in North Carolina.”

However, the number of unemployed grew more than people finding work last month.

The DES reported that 17,758 more people were jobless while employment increased by 11,632.

Over the past year, the ranks of people working have grown by 35,027 while unemployment is down by 40,819.

The difference in the numbers includes people who are no longer seeking work or receiving unemployment benefits. They are not counted in the total.

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  • Wendellcatlover Jun 25, 2012

    Wait a minute...I thought I heard our educated, highly illuminated president state last week that the private sector is doing fine??? I don't understand...there's no way he could he be wrong-just lying maybe? (This is an election year after all). Another broken promise to the American people.

  • WooHoo2You Jun 22, 2012

    whatelseisnew- Are you crazy? Trying to use facts with these folks. Get real.- Rabbitdog

    You just called a someone a "left wing hack" and have the guts to talk about using facts?!?!

  • TiminNCisBack Jun 22, 2012

    I myself will admit I am embarrassed I vote for this guy. All words and now action.

  • NCHighlander Jun 22, 2012

    whatelseisnew- Are you crazy? Trying to use facts with these folks. Get real.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 22, 2012

    "all the teachers that were laid-off by republican state senate."

    Actually teachers were added and in fact there should have been layoffs. Given we have these stupid pre-k things going on, that now makes it even longer for the traditional public schools to produce a student with a high school diploma. Since effectively that lowers the productivity rate of the teachers, we need to eliminate some of them to try to increase the productivity rate.

  • No Party Affiliate Jun 22, 2012

    "Great link. Click on the reporter's name to see what a left wing hack he is. Good info Obama supporter."

    Who cares? Our wanna be president was not looking out for the country and he wants to get elected. No way I vote for Romney nor Obama.

  • NCHighlander Jun 22, 2012

    Good article about Romney sending jobs overseas. Kind of Anti-American IMHO.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/romneys-bain-capital-invested-in-companies-that-moved-jobs-overseas/2012/06/21/gJQAsD9ptV_story.html?hpid=z1

    Great link. Click on the reporter's name to see what a left wing hack he is. Good info Obama supporter.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jun 22, 2012

    How many full time college degree teachers were laid off? I think the number is zero (0), because they are hiring teachers.

    Someone is not telling the truth, again! If you are talking about teachers aids, non-degreed people, yes they were trimmed back, as they should have been - part time temperary help. That is a norm.

    As for who laid who off, that was done by the principles of the various schools, told to work within their budgets. Instead of taking a pay cut they let people go

  • No Party Affiliate Jun 22, 2012

    Good article about Romney sending jobs overseas. Kind of Anti-American IMHO.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/romneys-bain-capital-invested-in-companies-that-moved-jobs-overseas/2012/06/21/gJQAsD9ptV_story.html?hpid=z1

  • ddicorcia Jun 22, 2012

    all the teachers that were laid-off by republican state senate.

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