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Unemployment increases slightly in Wake County

Unemployment increased slightly in Wake County but declined a bit in Durham and Orange Counties, new data from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission shows.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Unemployment increased slightly in Wake County but declined a bit in Durham and Orange Counties, new data from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission shows.

In Wake, the jobless rate increased to 8.4 percent, but that's still below the record of 8.8 percent set last June and July. The rate was 8.3 percent in November.

In Durham County, the rate dipped slightly to 7.9 percent from 8 percent in November. The record of 8.4 percent unemployment was reached last August.

In Orange County, the jobless rate fell slightly to 6.2 percent in December from 6.3 percent in November. The previous worst rate was 6.8 percent recorded last August.

Statewide unemployment, reported last week, reached a record high of 11.2 percent. The rate records are based on the way records have been kept since 1976.

Across the state, joblessness increased in all 14 of the largest metropolitan areas. The breakdown:

  • Asheville — 8.8 percent, up from 8.6 percent in November
  • Burlington — 12.1 percent, up from 11.8 percent
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC — 12.1 percent, up from 11.9 percent
  • Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.7 percent, up from 7.6 percent
  • Fayetteville — 9.3 percent, up from 9.1 percent
  • Goldsboro — 9.2 percent, up from 9.0 percent
  • Greensboro-High Point — 11.4 percent, up from 11.2 percent
  • Greenville — 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 14.8 percent, up from 14.4 percent
  • Jacksonville — 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent
  • Raleigh-Cary — 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent
  • Rocky Mount — 13.9 percent, up from 13.5 percent
  • Wilmington — 10.6 percent, up from 10.2 percent
  • Winston-Salem — 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent

County rates in the WRAL viewing area in December with November rate in parenthesis:

  • Person, 10.8 (10.7)
  • Granville, 10.6 (10.5)
  • Vance, 14.1 (13.5)
  • Warren, 13 (12.8)
  • Halifax 13.8 (13.6)
  • Edgecombe, 16.7 (16.6)
  • Nash, 12.4 (12)
  • Franklin, 10.3 (10.2)
  • Chatham, 7.9 (7.5)
  • Lee, 14.6 (13.6)
  • Harnett, 11.4 (11.1)
  • Johnston, 9.8 (9.6)
  • Wilson, 12.5 (12.1)
  • Wayne, 9.2 (9)
  • Sampson, 9 (8.5)
  • Cumberland, 9.4 (9.2)
  • Hoke, 8.4 (8.5)
  • Moore, 10 (9.8)

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