State unemployment rate climbs slightly

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Unemployment in North Carolina saw an increase in July.

The N.C. Department of Commerce released reports Monday showing a slight increase in the North Carolina unemployment rate from a seasonally adjusted 6.4 percent to 6.5 percent.

Larry Parker, a spokesman for the Division of Employment Security, said these numbers could be due to more people unemployed and looking for jobs, but unsuccessful in finding them.

“It was nice to see the increase in the number of jobs, but we did see a decrease in the number in the labor force and sometimes that does happen,” he said.

The reports show North Carolina employers filled about 15,000 jobs in July. The largest increase was in the professional and business service sector with an increase of about 4,800 jobs.

Since January, about 90,000 jobs have been introduced in the state.

The number of people employed decreased by about 19,000 over the month however, while those unemployed and looking for a job rose by about 5,000.

Stuart Litvin, the director of the Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission, said it’s a good sign.

“If they go up, it’s because people are re-entering the workforce,” he said.

In June, Vance County had a seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.4 percent — stagnant with May figures. The July county by county numbers have not yet been released.

Litvin said he expects the same.

“Hopefully they will be stable or go down,” he said. “We are probably going to continue to mirror what is going on in the region.”

In June, Granville County had a decrease in unemployment by 0.2 percentage points, and Warren County’s rate remained 9 percent.

County unemployment rates for July are scheduled to be released Aug. 28.

 

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