County unemployment rates shoot up

March 19, 2010 8:10:53 AM PDT
While experts say the economy has started to turn around, it's not yet reflected in unemployment numbers.

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.

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