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N.C. jobless rate at 9.6% in July

Article Published: Aug. 22, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 22, 2012

North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point in July to 9.6 percent.

The national rate also experienced an increase in July, increasing to 8.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2012 unemployment rate is 1.1 percentage points lower than a year ago.

“In July, the private sector gained 16,000 jobs,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “When we focus on long-term growth, North Carolina has added more than 101,000 nonfarm jobs since January 2010. There continues to be a strong focus and commitment by our workforce partners and our employment service offices across our state to recruit jobs and to put people back to work in North Carolina.”

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased by 1,800 to 3,956,700 in July.

The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was leisure and hospitality services, which gained 5,900.

Since July 2011, total nonfarm jobs gained 36,800 with the service providing sector increasing by 35,200 and the goods producing sector by 1,600.

The largest over-the-year increase of major industries was in trade, transportation and utilities at 12,600, followed by education and health Services at 10,500, and professional and business services, 8,600.

The number of people employed decreased by 13,733 to 4,202,281 over the month, but increased by 49,263 over the year. The state unemployment rate in July 2011 was 10.7 percent.

The next unemployment update is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24, when the county unemployment rates for July 2012 will be released.

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