The North Carolina Employment Security Commission released more gloomy news Friday - saying jobless claims are at or near record levels across the Triangle.
"The current economy continues to influence nearly every major job sector, mainly in Manufacturing and Construction," said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes.
Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties in January.
The numbers were the same for the Triangle's major metropolitan areas:
- Durham-Chapel Hill - 8.4 percent, up from 7.7 percent.
- Fayetteville - 9.8 percent, up from 9.3 percent.
- Goldsboro - 9.9 percent, up from 9.2 percent.
- Raleigh-Cary - 9.5 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
- Rocky Mount - 14.7 percent, up from 13.9 percent.