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7,500 find jobs in Triangle in October but jobless rate remains 8.4%

Posted December 1, 2009 11:23 a.m. EST
Updated December 1, 2009 11:54 a.m. EST

— Unemployment remained virtually unchanged in the Triangle although the number of people working did increase some 7,500 from September, the N.C. Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

The jobless rate was 8.4 percent, the same as in the previous month. In August, the rate was 8.6 percent.

Nearly 800,000 out of a workforce numbering more than 873,000 were working while the number of people seeking work increased by more than 400 to 73,502.

Statewide, unemployment is at 11 percent.

Unemployment remained flat in Fayetteville at 9 percent and in Goldsboro at 8.8 percent.

Rocky Mount’s unemployment increased to 13.7 percent, up two tenths of a percentage point.

In Raleigh-Cary, the number of people working increased by 3,900. Most of the new hires were in government (1,900). The professional and business services sector added 1,700 jobs while trade, transportation and utilities added 1,000.

Offsetting the good news was the loss of 1,000 jobs in construction, mining and natural resources.

Durham-Chapel Hill reported no net increase in jobs. An increase of 1,000 government jobs was offset by the loss of 400 manufacturing plus 600 professional and other services positions.

Jobless rates in the state’s major metropolitan areas for October:

• Asheville — 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent in September.
• Burlington — 11.8 percent, no change.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC — 12 percent, up from 11.8 percent.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent.
• Fayetteville — 9.0 percent, no change.
• Goldsboro — 8.8 percent, no change.
• Greensboro-High Point — 11.3 percent, up from 11.1 percent.
• Greenville — 10 percent, no change.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 14.5 percent, up from 14.1 percent.
• Jacksonville — 8.0 percent, down from 8.3 percent.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.6 percent, no change.
• Rocky Mount — 13.7 percent, up from 13.5 percent.
• Wilmington — 9.8 percent, up from 9.7 percent.
• Winston-Salem — 9.8 percent, no change.