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N.C. unemployment rate dips slightly in August

Posted September 18, 2009 10:19 a.m. EDT


— North Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percent to 10.8 percent in August, according to statistics released today by the state Employment Security Commission.

“A small loss in the labor force led to the decrease in the rate,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. “Much like previous months, we have not experienced a lot of change in the labor force one way or the other. These small changes have resulted in slight decreases throughout the past few months.

"However, we are still dealing with a high unemployment rate and continue to assist our customers throughout the state during these tough economic times.”

Seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 8,330 workers to 4,031,573. Unemployment decreased by 6,534 workers, to 488,974.

Since this time last year, unemployment has increased by 189,252 people. Employment is down by 217,761 workers since August 2008.

The state rate in August 2008 was 6.6 percent.