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Triangle unemployment increases slightly

Posted July 2, 2013


— The unemployment rate in the Triangle increased slightly from April to May, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Unemployment for the Raleigh-Durham-Cary area was 7.3 percent in May, compared with 6.8 percent in April. The number for May has not been seasonally adjusted, but the April number is revised.

The May unemployment rate marks a slight decrease from a year ago, when 7.8 percent of the population was jobless.

The statewide unemployment rate in May 2013 was 8.8 percent. It has declined slowly but steadily over the past year. The May 2012 unemployment rate was 9.5 percent.


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  • miseem Jul 3, 2013

    ...and the cynical General assembly has cut back on benefits for the ones who lose their mean can they be?
    town guy.

    BAsed on what they have done since your post, a lot meaner than they were 24 hours ago. And they still have the rest of this session and another one next year to spread the pain around a little (or lot) more.

  • lwe1967 Jul 3, 2013

    The reason that they are being cut to 30 hoursis the Obama Care. Most large businesses are doing this. This is not the GOP but the Dems ObamaCare.

  • lwe1967 Jul 3, 2013

    Any increase is good!

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 3, 2013

    McCrory and his band of $$$$ hungry mongrels are doing such a disservice to this State.
    Same as taking away recess or a child's dinner for misbehaving.

    There are other ways to catch the unemployment abusers.

    I am going to give more to the food banks, and though I am in no way rich....I was taught to share.

    NC...we have got to help these people..

    We will not be invited to the Mansion on the Raleigh Hill..

    We will not be invited guests to the million dollar vacation homes these selfish politicians have acquired..

    But we do have a voice and we do have a vote...
    McCrory-out in 2016...a for sure!

  • 212thMP Jul 2, 2013

    When all of those dropped from the rolls due to the benefit cut backs hit it will REALLY drop the numbers... It's all a numbers game....That changes lives...

  • town guy Jul 2, 2013

    ...and the cynical General assembly has cut back on benefits for the ones who lose their mean can they be?

  • dwntwnboy2 Jul 2, 2013

    This site says the unemployment went slightly up, another local site says that it went slightly down. Call it a push and it's still the same as it was then!! LOL

  • TeaBagOnLove Jul 2, 2013

    Funny. I was at Lowes today and heard the produce department folks talking about a meeting they just had. nearly everyone was cut to 30 hrs or less.

  • NCSouthpaw Jul 2, 2013

    Just wait until the end of year. If you are not laid off your hours will be cut to 30 hours a week.