Triangle unemployment back above 8 percent
Posted July 27, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The unemployment rate in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary area rose from 7.8 percent in May to 8.2 percent in June, the state Division of Employment Security reported Friday.
State officials said unemployment rose in 84 of North Carolina's 100 counties in June, when the statewide rate was 9.4 percent.
“Over-the-year numbers are showing a positive trend compared to the June numbers,” Dale Carroll, deputy secretary of the state Department of Commerce, said in a statement. “Since June of last year, rates are down in nearly all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Job announcements continue to be made across our state, and we remain focused on getting people back to work.”
The number of people employed increased by 12,294 in June, to 4,237,552, while those unemployed rose 22,088, to 463,123. The figures aren't seasonally adjusted.
Orange County, which traditionally has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, saw the largest jump in the Triangle in June, going from 6.2 percent to 7.1 percent. Wake County's rate rose from 7.6 to 7.8 percent, while Durham County went from 7.7 to 8.2 percent.
Cumberland County's unemployment rate went back into double digits, from 9.9 percent in May to 10.4 percent.