State Unemployment Rate Rises

Our state's unemployment rate has risen to 10.1 percent in July.

The state Employment Security Commission released the findings Friday.

Those numbers are up from 9.9 percent in June.

The commission says that the contributing factor in the increase was the loss of more than 12,000 public sector jobs.

The rate was in double digits in June 2010 at 10%.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Officials will have their eyes on whether North Carolina's unemployment rate keeps rising as government workers lose their jobs or private companies are adding help.

The Employment Security Commission on Friday releases data showing the state unemployment rate for July. June's jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent as community colleges, universities and other state government employers cut 7,600 workers that month.

The nearly $20 billion state budget took effect in July, and the spending plan included planned layoffs throughout state government.

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