N.C. jobless rate dips in September, but new claims jump

The drop from 9.7 percent in August represents the seventh straight monthly decline. However, jump in first-time claims last week were second highest in U.S.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Unemployment in North Carolina declined again slightly in September, to 9.6 percent.
The rate has fallen for seven straight months from 11.2 percent in February, the N.C. Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

In August, unemployment was 9.7 percent.

North Carolina’s latest jobless figure matches the U.S. rate. That’s the first time the state’s unemployment rate has not been higher than the national rate since March 2008.

However, the improvement in the state’s job picture may be temporary.

First-time unemployment claims in the state surged last week to 8,470, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released Thursday.

North Carolina ranked second only to New York (8,558) in new jobless claims.

The state reported to the Labor department that layoffs were reported “in the service, transportation, warehousing, textile, and petroleum industries.”

Non-farm jobs increased by 10,100 in North Carolina last month, the ESC said. The numbers were seasonally adjusted.

Most of those were in government at more than 9,600.

The state’s biggest job losses were in manufacturing at 3,800.

North Carolina has added more than 49,000 jobs since September 2009, the ESC said.


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