(RALEIGH) — The unemployment rate in North Carolina increased to 9.6 percent in July, up from 9.4 percent in June. The Division of Employment Security (DES) reports the number of unemployed rose by 5,321 that month. The state rate is still above the national unemployment rate, which also rose to 8.3 percent.
The DES reports nonfarm jobs increased by 16,000, but at the same time buried in the news release is the fact there were actually 13,733 fewer people employed in the state.
Leisure and hospitality saw the largest increase in jobs, 5,900. That would not be unusual during the summer months.
Government saw some downsizing with DES reporting a drop of two percent in government jobs over July.