Unemployment Data Due Friday

Labor market analysts are preparing to release the latest unemployment report for North Carolina.

The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina is scheduled to release its jobs report for December on Friday as state leaders try to assess how badly the state's economy has deteriorated.

The Employment Security Commission reported last month that North Carolina's unemployment rate surged to 7.9 percent in November -- its highest since 1983. A record number of people -- 359,000 -- couldn't find a job.

State leaders have worried that North Carolina's job market may get worse in 2009 as the large banking industry prepares to shed jobs.

North Carolina's unemployment rate was at 5 percent in December of 2007.

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