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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jul 16, 2010 at 08:08 PM
    Good work by both the state and federal adminstrations.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 16, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    Lavon the Obama Zombie has returned. Obama's election promise no unemployment over 8 % if you elect me. The Stock market DOW dropped over 250 points today. Thats the change we need? Lies and deception from Obama , What did the stimulas plan do? Kill investments and the Stock Market. Obama just raise our property taxes more , Why not Obama?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 16, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    I see Lavon has expressed his great wisdom and praise for obama again. Sorry Lavon we don't buy your praise, you are partaking of too many mushrooms and too much peyote as well as obama kool-aid, all that stuff is giving you a fuzzy brain. I know you converse with the "dear leader" every night, have you ask him for an appointment as "czar of the hood"? Keep an eye on your taxes, they will be going up, but I'm sure that's OK with you. Smile when you pay those obama taxes, its all for you.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jul 16, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    WooHoo!!!! Only 10%. Only the libs would try and convince people that 10% unemployment is a good thing.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Lavon he said pass the(1st)stimulus and it would not go passed 8%.Well he has passed another one since then and it is still passed 8%.I dont think its koolaid you are drinking as others have stated.Sounds more like Paraquat.
  • by To Lavon on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    Only a kool aid drinker would be praising the president for bringing the unemployment rate in NC down to 2 points HIGHER than when Obama took office. Maybe if we do another stimulus we can get the unemployment rate down to 15%.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    Ok I see you can't use the Census Jobs excuse anymore so now your jumping on the exausted benefits bandwagon. LOL!! You people are funny. Your hoping so bad the the unemployment stays high. Sorry but that's not going to happen, Give your President some credit. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!
  • by Local Location: IBX on Jul 16, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    More local people could work in Dare County if they would send home all the foreign young people they have working there. I'm sorry but those programs should not be permitted when local people need jobs!!!
  • by Laura Location: New Bern on Jul 16, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    This is incorrect. It's not that unemployment is dropping. People are losing their benefits because of the amount of time they've been on it. There have been no new jobs. The ones that have been unemployed, are still unemployed.
  • by Momof2 Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    Did it really drop or did that many people lose benefits and that is the percent of people unemployed that are still able to file. I am thankfully employed, but I haven't seen that many places around that are hiring so I find it hard to believe that many people are back to work.
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