Statewide Unemployment Inches Past 11%

There is not good news for the unemployed in North Carolina, as the statewide rate climbed in May.

The figures out Friday show the unemployment rate at 11.1%. It's the first increase in three months, as in April and March stood at 10.8%.

The state says unemployment increased by 17,468 workers in May, to 508,834. Also the number of workers who were unemployed, but actively seeking work, is at an all-time high.

The state's jobless rate has soared from 7 percent in October.


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