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NC jobless rate inches up to 6.5 percent for July

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's unemployment rate has inched higher for July as the number of people with jobs dipped from the previous month.

The state Commerce Department said Monday that the jobless rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.5 percent in July after remaining flat for two months. North Carolina's unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.2 percent.

The state rate is also 1.6 percentage points lower than it was a year ago.

The number of people with jobs fell from the previous month by nearly 20,000 to about 4.4 million, while the number of unemployed increased by about 5,300 to just over 304,000.

The industry with the biggest gain in jobs from the prior month was professional and business services with an increase of 4,800.

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