Triangle unemployment rate dips to 7.9 percent

Posted September 28, 2012 10:02 a.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2012 10:40 a.m. EDT

— Unemployment across the Triangle fell to 7.9 percent in August from 8.1 percent in July, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported Friday.

Statewide, unemployment fell in 13 of the major metropolitan areas but it jumped in Fayetteville to 11.2 percent from 10.4 percent the previous month.

The jobless rate also fell in 72 of the state's 100 counties.

The not-seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the state was 9.7 percent in August. 

In Durham-Chapel Hill, the number of jobs surged by 6,700 with 5,000 of those coming in government as teachers returned to work from summer vacation.

Raleigh-Cary added a net 1,300 jobs with 3,000 coming in government.

However, several sectors reported declines in jobs in Wake County, including 800 in trade, transportation and utilities plus 600 in professional services and 500 in leisure and hospitality.