The North Carolina Employment Security Commission reported the state unemployment rose in September from 10.4 percent to 10.5 percent. Still above the national rate. Last September the rate stood at 10 percent. The private sector has added just 28,400 jobs since a year ago. The commission report indicates seasonally adjusted non-farm industry employment fell by 22,200 in last month.
The number of unemployed in the state rose by 4,498 to a total of 473,937. But that doesn’t count those who have been unemployed for a long period of time and just gave up looking for a job.
In September alone a total of nearly $100 million was paid in unemployment benefits in North Carolina to almost 108,000 people. That raises the total state and federal benefits paid in North Carolina over the past year to over $4 billion.