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NC unemployment rate climbs slightly to 9.2% in December

Posted January 18, 2013 4:01 a.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2013 10:17 a.m. EST

— North Carolina’s unemployment rate climbed slightly to 9.2 percent in December from 9.1 percent in November, the state said Friday.

The figure is seasonally adjusted.

The jobless rate in October was 9.3 percent.

While the number of people working climbed 10,398 from November, the ranks of the unemployed also grew by 6,997, the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.

North Carolina started 2012 with an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent. A year ago, the December rate was 10.4 percent.

The big job gainers by sector in December were:

  • Education and health services, 5,900
  • Professional and business services, 5,000
  • Manufacturing, 700
  • Information, 500
  • Construction, 400

Offsetting those gains were the loss of jobs in financial activities (2,000), leisure and hospitality services (1,300), trade, transportation and utilities positions (500) and government (400).

Meanwhile, weekly applications for unemployment benefits increased in North Carolina for the week ending Jan. 5 even as they dropped sharply nationally to a five-year low.

Applications increased by more than 13,600 because of layoffs in textiles, business services, construction, furniture and transportation equipment.

County and metropolitan area jobs data will be released Jan. 30.