Triangle unemployment rate below 8 percent
Posted January 4, 2012
In data released Wednesday, the agency reported that joblessness fell in 74 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November. Thirty-nine counties reported jobless rates below the state's unadjusted rate of 9.5 percent.
Unemployment also dropped in each of the state’s 14 major metro areas.
The number of people unemployed in the Triangle fell from 70,368 in October to 68,303 in November.
Statewide, the number of unemployed dropped by 12,528, while the number of people employed also declined, officials said.
In the Raleigh-Cary area, 2,900 jobs were added in November, primarily in the trade, transportation and utilities, health and education and professional and business services sectors.
In the Durham-Chapel Hill area, jobs grew by 1,100 in November. In addition to the three employment sectors that showed growth in Raleigh-Cary, the government sector also showed growth in Durham.
Wake County’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in November, while Durham County's was 7.4 percent, Orange County's was 5.8 percent – that's the lowest statewide – Johnston County's was 8.7 percent and Cumberland County's was 9.5 percent. All of those rates declined from October.