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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in June. That’s up 0.2 points from May.

The Employment Security Commission says government jobs decreased by 10,200 in June, including 7,600 in state government. This includes jobs lost in community colleges and universities. In comparison to the same time last year, there has been an increase in claims in state and local government. This is largely due to an increase in claims in both local and state education.

“Clearly, there is much work to be done, but as we work to recover from the global economic recession, the ESC will continue to work with the assistance of our economic development and workforce partners to put people back to work,” ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said.

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey decreased by 9,500 to 3,870,800 in June. The largest over-the-month employment increase occurred in leisure and hospitality services (+4,400). The largest decrease was in government (-10,200). Private sector jobs have increased 28,900 over-the-year while government has shed 31,600.

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