State Unemployment Rate Drops to 10 Percent in November


RALEIGH — The number of people unemployed in North Carolina decreased in November as the unemployment rate decreased to 10 percent, down from 10.4 percent. Total nonfarm jobs grew slightly by 3,800 in November with the private sector gaining 4,600 jobs. The public sector shed 800 jobs.

“The drop in the unemployment rate was significant,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “However, the focus must remain on growing jobs in our state. The private sector has experienced moderate growth over the past year. We are strongly committed to Gov. Perdue’s mission on jobs for North Carolina.”

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey increased by 3,800 to 3,876,800 in November. The largest over-the-month employment increase occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (+5,400). Since November 2010, private sector jobs have increased by 30,800. Over-the-year, the government sector had the largest job losses with 11,200.

The number of people unemployed decreased by 16,385 to 451,413. The number of people employed increased by 12,822 (seasonally adjusted), to 4,051,226. Since this time last year, the number of people unemployed has increased by 12,215. The state unemployment rate in November 2010 was 9.8 percent.

The 10.0 rate is just under the 10.1 rate for July 2011, so we are approaching the rate that we had sustained only June 2011 of 9.9%.  The rate peaked in September 2011 with a 10.4 rate for North Carolina.  The recent rates are:

  Nov 2010 Dec 2010 Jan 2011 Feb 2011 Mar 2011 Apr 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 Sept 2011 Oct 2011 Nov 2011
NC 9.8 9.8 9.8 9.8 9.7 9.7 9.7 9.9 10.1 10.4 10.5 10.4 10.0
US 9.8 9.4 9.0 8.9 8.8 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.0 8.6

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