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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate topped 10 percent in July as layoffs by school districts and other government employers outweighed private sector gains.

The state Employment Security Commission said Friday that North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose from 9.9 percent in June to 10.1 percent in July. The agency says private companies added nearly 7,000 jobs, but state and local governments shed more than 12,000 workers.

July marked the first month that the nearly $20 billion state budget took effect, and the spending plan included planned layoffs.

July’s unemployment increase ends nine months in which the jobless rate was below 10 percent. The rate is now back to where it was one year ago.

The number of North Carolina workers drawing paychecks fell by more than 10,000 in July.

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