NC's unemployment rate falls again

July 16, 2010 5:15:27 PM PDT
North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 10 percent in June, a full percentage point improvement in the past year, but still higher than the national jobless rate.

The unemployment rate released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission was the fourth straight monthly decline. The rate was 10.4 percent in May and 11 percent in June 2009.

The national rate is 9.5 percent.

But the report is not all good news.

The number of people drawing a paycheck fell by 5,557 in June to just over 4 million. But the number of people listed as unemployed fell faster, by 20,468. People are counted as unemployed only if they are actively looking for work and haven't found a job.

In the past 12 months, the number of jobs has increased by 45,000.

Leisure and hospitality businesses added 7,900 jobs in June, while the end of the U.S. Census count contributed to a drop of 6,500 government jobs in North Carolina, according to a monthly survey of employer payrolls.

Since June 2009, non-farm employment has increased by 29,800 jobs.

Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, North Carolina has lost 235,600 non-farm jobs, 100,300 of them in manufacturing.

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