Sharp increase in Triangle area unemployment

January 4, 2011 8:18:49 AM PST
Disheartening numbers released Tuesday by North Carolina's Employment Security Commission show the state continues to feel the effects of the national economic downturn.

Unemployment was up in 99 of the state's 100 counties in November and the Triangle area saw sharp increases:

· Raleigh-Cary - 8.1 percent, up from 7.6 percent.

· Durham-Chapel Hill - 7.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent.

· Fayetteville - 9.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent.

· Goldsboro - 8.5 percent, up from 7.9 percent.

· Rocky Mount - 12.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent.

State officials said the news isn't all bad.

"While the unemployment rates were up in 99 counties during the month of November, over-the-year, the rates have declined in 81 counties," said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes in a news release.

Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in November, at 5.9 percent. Meanwhile, Graham County had the highest unemployment rate, at 18.6 percent.

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