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Triangle unemployment jumps in November

Posted January 4, 2011 10:47 a.m. EST
Updated January 4, 2011 12:17 p.m. EST

— The unemployment rate across the Research Triangle Park metro area jumped to 7.9 percent in November, up a half percentage point from October.

Data released Tuesday by the N.C. Employment Security Commission shows that the jobless rate in Raleigh-Cary was 8.1 percent in November, compared with 7.6 percent in October. The capital area shed a net 100 jobs.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, unemployment increased slightly less, from 6.7 to 7.1 percent. The metro area added 1,000 jobs, with employment growing in education and health by 500; trade, transportation and utilities by 400; and government by 300.

Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent.

Across North Carolina, joblessness increased in all 14 metro areas and in 99 of 100 counties. The statewide unemployment rate climbed to 9.9 percent from 9.1 percent the previous month.

The data is not seasonally adjusted, which is considered by economists to be a more accurate barometer of the economy.

Employment fell by 40,716 to just over 4 million while unemployment rose to 441,023, an increase of 29,004. People who have stopped looking for work and are not receiving unemployment benefits are not counted among the work force.

The jobless figures by metro areas:

  • Asheville — 8.1 percent, up from 7.5 percent in October.
  • Burlington — 10.4 percent, up from 9.8 percent.
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.8 percent, up from 10.2 percent.
  • Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent.
  • Fayetteville — 9.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
  • Goldsboro — 8.5 percent, up from 7.9 percent.
  • Greensboro-High Point — 10.5 percent, up from 9.7 percent.
  • Greenville — 9.6 percent, up from 9.1 percent.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 12.6 percent, up from 11.8 percent.
  • Jacksonville — 7.9 percent, up from 7.4 percent
  • Raleigh-Cary — 8.1 percent, up from 7.6 percent.
  • Rocky Mount — 12.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent.
  • Wilmington — 9.9 percent, up from 9 percent.
  • Winston-Salem — 9.3 percent, up from 8.7 percent.

A year ago, North Carolina's not-seasonally adjusted rate was 10.6 percent.