County unemployment rates increasing?

Job seekers stand in line at an unemployment office.

July 23, 2010 3:53:14 PM PDT
If the economy is getting better, it would be hard to prove judging by the number of people waiting at unemployment offices.Many of the jobless say they don't feel like there is an economic recovery going on.

"No, because I'm still looking for a job," unemployed worker Demita Warren said.

"No, no, and I don't think anybody believes that," unemployed worker Nancy Westerman said.

And the unemployment numbers don't exactly scream recovery either. In fact, for the Raleigh-Cary area in June, the unemployment numbers actually went up.

Even though the 8.4 percent rate for the area is up only a tenth of a point over May, it is still up. That's also the case for the Durham-Chapel Hill Metro, which is up two-tenths of a point to 7.5 percent.

It's the same rise for Fayetteville, which is now 8.9 percent. The Goldsboro metro area is also up at 8.7 percent --a tenth of point higher than May.

Rocky Mount is the only metro area in the Heart of Carolina that remained the same, but its rate is at 13 percent.

"I was thinking that it should start slowly sliding down a little bit because of all the stimulus that the government's been putting into it," Westerman said. "But it's not working that way."

Westerman is an employment recruiter and she says she's never seen a worse environment for her industry.

"Only when jobs are created is there any for recruiters," she said.

She says she's hoping the recovery will soon begin feeling like a recovery.

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