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July unemployment down in Wilmington metro

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RALEIGH (NEWS RELEASE) — Unemployment rates decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, according to statistics released today by the state’s Employment Security Commission.

The rates increased in six counties and remained the same in 8. “Unemployment rates dropped in the majority of the state’s 100 counties in July,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holes.

“However, over half of our counties had unemployment rates over 10 percent. Local communities continue to be challenged by the current economic conditions. Our staff across the state continues to provide assistance to those seeking unemployment benefits and those seeking employment opportunities.”

North Carolina had 46 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.9 percent. Rates decreased in all 14 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) increased in July by 5,508 workers, to 4,092,068. The number of people unemployed decreased, by 13,654. The number of unemployed people in July was 449,402 workers, compared with 463,056 in June.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in July, at 4.5 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County
had the highest unemployment rate, at 16.2 percent.

The five counties receiving the highest amount in regular unemployment insurance benefits in July were: Mecklenburg, $16.0 million; Wake, $12.8 million; Guilford, $7.4 million; Forsyth, $4.8 million; and Durham,
$3.4 million. In July, $138.8 million in regular UI benefits was paid to 145,255 individuals statewide, compared to $164.6 million to 158,493 individuals in June.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for July were:
Asheville — 8 percent, down from 8.5 percent in June.
Burlington — 10.8 percent, down from 11.2 percent.
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 11.2 percent, down from 11.4 percent.
Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.3 percent, down from 7.6 percent.
Fayetteville — 9 percent, down from 9.1 percent.
Goldsboro — 8.4 percent, down from 8.8 percent.
Greensboro-High Point — 10.6 percent, down from 10.9 percent.
Greenville — 9.9 percent, down from 10.1 percent.
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 12.7 percent, down from 13.1 percent.
Jacksonville — 8 percent, down from 8.1 percent
Raleigh-Cary — 8.2 percent, down from 8.5 percent.
Rocky Mount — 12.8 percent, down from 13.2 percent..
Wilmington — 9.5 percent, down from 9.8 percent.
Winston-Salem — 9.4 percent, down from 9.7 percent.

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