July Unemployment Rates Out For North Carolina

The summer’s been heating up the job market in North Carolina. Our state’s Employment Security Commission released statistics for the month of July Friday and unemployment dropped in more than half of North Carolina's counties.

Our state’s unemployment rate stands at 11.1% for July, that’s a .1% drop from June. However, we’re still up more than 4% from this time last year.

Unemployment rates dropped in 59 counties in July, increased in 29, and stayed the same in 12 others.

Taking a closer look at some of the largest changes in our area, Camden, Currituck, Edgecombe, Hyde, Pamlico and Pitt County all saw unemployment drops. While Beaufort, Chowan, and Wayne County also saw jumps.

In all about 3,300 employees were added to our work force in July but experts say a big reason for the increase is because of seasonal hiring.

Unemployment Decreases:
Camden, -.4%
Currituck, -.8%
Edgecombe, -.3%
Hyde, .7%
Pamlico, -.5%
Pitt, -.3%

Unemployment Increases:

Beaufort, +.2%
Chowan, +.5%
Wayne, +.4%


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  • by blady Location: dare county on Aug 29, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    The stock market has been going up all summer on growth in China. Tax incentives for 1st time home buyers helped a little, but they expire in Nov. The Senate passed a bill with tax incentives for any home buyer, which would have put a floor in this mess and brought back jobs that were lost, but Pelosi and liberals took it out when it got to the House. The growth in job numbers has been in the govt and health care sectors, not private business for the most part. CA had an increase in home sales, but they had a state tax incentive which will bring in more taxes in the long run... as well as freedom to people who want to sell their homes, etc. It does make sense, why is that so hard for some people to accept? A little inflation is good if prices are severely depressed and homes are valued below the cost of materials in them, that is ludicrous. So is ignoring the value of small business and forcing tradespeople to compete with illegals for jobs and wages.
  • by blady on Aug 29, 2009 at 08:54 AM
    Our area has an even higher unemployment rate and that's not counting all the self employed people in the trades or small business who have gone under (and used to employ others, I might add.) They aren't included in those numbers. So what does our state senator and governor do? Ban plastic bags, oh, that will help. So will adding increased fines if they can't pay taxes on time, with what? They don't get unemployment checks, medicaid or food stamps, are losing their homes and moving away to find work elsewhere. But crews full of illegals are still here underbidding residents and they are not paying taxes or their own health insurance. You pay for it while others profit and put the rest of us out of work. Too bad the mayor of Charlotte didn't win... we might leave, too. Can't make a living here anymore with unfair competition & a governor who does not understand the value of honesty, growth and small business. It's hopeless. So is Obama. Rebels without a clue.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 28, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Lavon, can you weigh in on the doom and gloom under the chosen one? I mean the stock market had so much faith in the chosen one, it plumented several hundred points. Even to yesterday, if Jay Leno the moderate doesn't have a good show rating, NBC may have to file bankrupcy....hmmmm, hows that hopey changey thing going for you all? Cactus, all the jobs that are filled are government jobs, new ones, created to hide the problem of overspending by Bev, why, she has a state credit card and needs to pay it off, so she cuts teachers pay instead of "tightening the spending" problem. And this really kills me, she is banning smoking when she is raising taxes on smokes for pepole, for children's healthcare. Hello! Bev, if they quit, their will be no money for childrens healthcare. Is it me? Then I find out about softdrink tax, more beer tax....fast food tax.....how about the poll tax. Some men are more endowed, like the rich are more weathy, well?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 28, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Good going Bev, you and you alone added 45 jobs. We are on our way to recovery.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    Did it really drop or have people given up looking?
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