Unemployment Rate Up Slightly In June

North Carolina's unemployment rate edged slightly higher in June in part because of high school students looking for summer jobs.

The state Employment Security Commission released figures today saying the June unemployment rate was four-point-nine percent, up from four-point-eight percent in May.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by six-thousand workers last month, to almost 224-thousand. Over the past year, unemployment has increased by more than 84-hundred.

Officials say the state's total employment increased by 19-hundred-63 workers in June to more than four million.

Overall employment since June 2006 has increased by 52-thousand workers.