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.