Little change in Triangle jobless rates

Posted August 26, 2011

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— Unemployment rates decreased in 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission.

Rates increased in 39 counties and remained the same in 13, the ESC reported.

There was little movement in Triangle area rates, with Wake and Durham counties dropping by 0.2 percentage point, Orange, Johnston and Franklin counties by 0.1 percentage point and Chatham County increasing by 0.1 percentage point.

Government sector job losses offset small private sector gains, with state and local schools mostly affected, according to the ESC.

“All metropolitan areas across North Carolina experienced a loss in government employment, mainly in educational services,” ESC Chairwoman Lynn Holmes said in a statement. “The goal of Gov. (Beverly) Perdue, the ESC and our workforce development partners is to grow jobs and put people back to work.”

The number of workers employed increased in July by 26,393, to 4,085,344, while the number of people collecting unemployment benefits decreased by 743, to 471,032. The figures aren't seasonally adjusted.

In the Raleigh-Cary metro area, unemployment dropped from 8.6 percent in June to 8.4 percent. In Durham-Chapel Hill, the rate went from 8 percent to 7.9 percent.

Fayetteville's rate remained steady at 10.2 percent, while the rate increased in the Rocky Mount metro area, from 13.7 to 13.8 percent, and Goldsboro, from 9.1 to 9.2 percent.


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  • Mean Old Mom Aug 26, 2011

    Government jobs....another purse with holes....

  • cantstandya Aug 26, 2011

    After reading comments posted in the last year or so it is obvious that the mood of many is changing,what once were passive,compliant understanding people are now showing their teeth and before long like any dog thats been kicked once to often they will start to bite back and maybe thats what is needed to get those in politics off their #####and fix this mess.

  • flashsparks Aug 26, 2011

    "Well at least Bev can blame the storm if next months unemployment numbers increase."

    I read that she has already blamed this week's earthquake for our state's continued economic distress. President Obama blamed the Japanese earthquake, so ....

  • fatchanceimwrong Aug 26, 2011

    We're on a downward spiral with no end in sight. These jobs are not coming back. Problem is, by human nature people can only be pushed so far. How far do the American people have to be pushed before they rise up against the gov't?

    When enough people fall off the system and stop receiving any kind of compensation, it's going to get ugly. Once enough people lose their houses, lose everything they've worked for and get desperate enough, they will push back.

    What's happening in Libya will be peanuts to what could potentially go down here in the U.S. It's just a matter of time.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 26, 2011

    the only thing this # is going to do is go up, until Bev is removed. it's just that simple. thank the voters, this is ALL their faults!

  • mep Aug 26, 2011

    Well at least Bev can blame the storm if next months unemployment numbers increase.

  • hunter38 Aug 26, 2011

    Easy now,,,we all know that Gov. BEV cannot multi-task she has her hands full watching WRAL's forecast of the she can make another press conference to make us think she is actually working.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 26, 2011

    Didn't really expect it too change much. Now, in another few months you'll see a drop, because people now longer qualify and will be dropped. It'll stay flat for while then drop again later in 2012 because again the next group will be dropped. Then the drop in 2013 will be because people are dropped and some actually will have jobs. But the foreclosure rate will double.