NC unemployment rate falls, still lags behind national average
Posted December 20, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — Unemployment numbers in North Carolina continue to lag behind the national average.
North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, announced Tuesday, sits at 10 percent, down from the October rate of 10.4 percent.
The state's unemployment numbers still sit much higher than the national average, which checks in at 8.6 percent in November.
The number of people unemployed in North Carolina decreased 3.5 percent in November to 451,413, down from nearly 470,000 in October.
It has been a year since North Carolina's jobless rate was on par with the rest of the nation. The unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in November 2010 for both North Carolina and the national average.
The state paid $267.1 million in Unemployment Insurance benefits to claimants in November. Those payments include state and federally funded benefits.