Sharp increase in Triangle area unemployment

RALEIGH

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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