Triangle unemployment rate dips in October

Posted December 1, 2011 10:37 a.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2011 10:57 a.m. EST

— The jobless rate across the Triangle metropolitan area fell slightly in October to 8 percent from 8.3 percent in September, according to the state Division of Employment Security.

In data released Thursday, the DES reported that joblessness fell in 83 of the state’s 100 counties. The overall jobless rate which is not seasonally adjusted was 9.7 percent.

Unemployment also dropped in all the state’s 14 major metro areas.

The number of people unemployed in the Triangle fell to 70,368 in October from 73,402 in September.

In Raleigh-Cary, 3,000 jobs were added in October with growth strongest in three categories:

• 1,200 in education and health services
• 1,100 in government
• 1,000 in professional business services

However, 1,700 jobs were lost in mining, logging and construction.

The capital city area still is 800 jobs below October of 2010.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, jobs grew in October by 1,500 with 1,100 of those coming in government and 500 in manufacturing.

Some 3 700 jobs were lost in leisure and hospitality.

Durham-Chapel Hill has added 1,300 jobs since October of 2010.

By county, Wake’s rate was 7.7 percent, Durham 7.7 percent, Orange 6.2 percent, Johnston 9 percent, Franklin 9.7 percent and Chatham 8.4 percent.