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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is about to find out whether
June brought any improvement in the state’s unemployment rate.

The state releases figures Friday showing whether joblessness in
June moved from May’s 9.7 percent rate, the level where it’s been
stuck for three months.

The national unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent last month,
the highest this year. The state has exceeded the national
unemployment rate every month since November 2010.

State figures show that in the last 12 months, the number of
workers drawing a paycheck has grown by more than 15,000 and the
number unemployed has fallen by more than 55,000. But official
jobless figures don’t count as unemployed people who have stopped
looking for work, or people who have settled for part-time jobs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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