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NC's Unemployment Rate Increases From Previous June

Posted July 19, 2002 10:55 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate edged downward in June.

The Employment Security Commission jobless rate was six-point-seven percent, down from six-point-eight percent in May. Last June, unemployment in North Carolina stood at five-point-five percent.

The state rate in June was higher than the national average of five-point-nine percent.

Total nonagricultural employment in the state grew by neatly 22,000 over the month, as employment in service industries increased and manufacturing jobs decreased. This continues the pattern of the past year, with service industries increasing their employment by nearly 61,000 and manufacturing decreasing by more than 36,000.