Unemployment increases slightly in Triangle

Posted July 23, 2010

— Unemployment across the Triangle increased slightly in June, according to new data from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

While statewide unemployment dropped last month to 10 percent from 10.4 percent in May, the Triangle metro areas still reported slight increases in the jobless rate.

The Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill metropolitan statistical area’s unemployment reached 8.2 percent in June, up from 8 percent the previous month,

In Raleigh-Cary, unemployment increased to 8.4 percent in June from 8.3 percent in May.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, unemployment hit 7.5 percent last month compared to 7.3 percent in May.

The rates are not seasonably adjusted.

The statewide unadjusted rate for June was 10.1 percent.

Unemployment rates increased in nine of the state’s major metropolitan statistical areas for June, including Fayetteville and Greenville, as well as 45 of 100 counties.

The MSA rates:

• Asheville — 8.4 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May.
• Burlington — 11.1 percent, up from 11.0 percent.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 11.1 percent, no change.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.5 percent, up from 7.3 percent.
• Fayetteville — 8.9 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
• Goldsboro — 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent.
• Greensboro-High Point — 10.8 percent, no change.
• Greenville — 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 13 percent, down from 13.1 percent.
• Jacksonville — 8.0 percent, up from 7.6 percent.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.4 percent, up from 8.3 percent.
• Rocky Mount — 13.0 percent, no change.
• Wilmington — 9.6 percent, no change.
• Winston-Salem — 9.6 percent, up from 9.5 percent.

“The June county data show that for many of the counties in the state, the unemployment rate has showed some level of improvement,” said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes in a statement.

“Unfortunately, there are still many counties where the rate of unemployment remains high,” she added.


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  • Worland Jul 23, 2010

    I guess Hope and Change should now be called High Deficits and Massive Unemployment.

    Never send a bad lawyer to do a businessman's job. We would have been better off electing the assistant manager at the local pizza palor. At least he has had some economic and executive experience.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Jul 23, 2010

    Hope and Change hard at work!!

  • gilabrea Jul 23, 2010

    At least no economists were "surprised", I guess they have given up trying to cover for Obama and the Progressives?