Little change in Triangle jobless rates

Posted August 26, 2011 12:49 p.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2011 1:25 p.m. EDT


— Unemployment rates decreased in 48 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission.

Rates increased in 39 counties and remained the same in 13, the ESC reported.

There was little movement in Triangle area rates, with Wake and Durham counties dropping by 0.2 percentage point, Orange, Johnston and Franklin counties by 0.1 percentage point and Chatham County increasing by 0.1 percentage point.

Government sector job losses offset small private sector gains, with state and local schools mostly affected, according to the ESC.

“All metropolitan areas across North Carolina experienced a loss in government employment, mainly in educational services,” ESC Chairwoman Lynn Holmes said in a statement. “The goal of Gov. (Beverly) Perdue, the ESC and our workforce development partners is to grow jobs and put people back to work.”

The number of workers employed increased in July by 26,393, to 4,085,344, while the number of people collecting unemployment benefits decreased by 743, to 471,032. The figures aren't seasonally adjusted.

In the Raleigh-Cary metro area, unemployment dropped from 8.6 percent in June to 8.4 percent. In Durham-Chapel Hill, the rate went from 8 percent to 7.9 percent.

Fayetteville's rate remained steady at 10.2 percent, while the rate increased in the Rocky Mount metro area, from 13.7 to 13.8 percent, and Goldsboro, from 9.1 to 9.2 percent.