State Jobless Rate Falls To 10 Percent In June

North Carolina's unemployment rate fell to 10 percent in June, a full percentage point improvement in the past year, but still higher than the national jobless rate.

The unemployment rate released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission has dropped for four straight months. The rate was 10.4 percent in May, and 11 percent in June 2009. The national rate is 9.5 percent.

But the report is not all good news.

The number of people drawing a paycheck fell by 5,500 in June to just over 4 million. But the number of people listed as unemployed fell faster, by more than 20,000 people.

People are counted as unemployed only if they are under 65 and actively looking for work.

In the past 12 months, the number of jobs has increased by 45,000.

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