Unemployment increases slightly in Triangle

New data from state Employment Security Commission shows increases in joblessness in most of N.C. metro areas and in 45 of 100 counties. Charlotte, Greensboro remain stable. Winston-Salem, Fayetteville up slightly.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Unemployment across the Triangle increased slightly in June, according to new data from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

While statewide unemployment dropped last month to 10 percent from 10.4 percent in May, the Triangle metro areas still reported slight increases in the jobless rate.

The Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill metropolitan statistical area’s unemployment reached 8.2 percent in June, up from 8 percent the previous month,

In Raleigh-Cary, unemployment increased to 8.4 percent in June from 8.3 percent in May.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, unemployment hit 7.5 percent last month compared to 7.3 percent in May.

The rates are not seasonably adjusted.

The statewide unadjusted rate for June was 10.1 percent.

Unemployment rates increased in nine of the state’s major metropolitan statistical areas for June, including Fayetteville and Greenville, as well as 45 of 100 counties.

The MSA rates:

• Asheville — 8.4 percent, up from 8.3 percent in May.
• Burlington — 11.1 percent, up from 11.0 percent.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 11.1 percent, no change.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.5 percent, up from 7.3 percent.
• Fayetteville — 8.9 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
• Goldsboro — 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent.
• Greensboro-High Point — 10.8 percent, no change.
• Greenville — 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 13 percent, down from 13.1 percent.
• Jacksonville — 8.0 percent, up from 7.6 percent.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.4 percent, up from 8.3 percent.
• Rocky Mount — 13.0 percent, no change.
• Wilmington — 9.6 percent, no change.

• Winston-Salem — 9.6 percent, up from 9.5 percent.

“The June county data show that for many of the counties in the state, the unemployment rate has showed some level of improvement,” said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes in a statement.

“Unfortunately, there are still many counties where the rate of unemployment remains high,” she added.


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