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Unemployment up in Wilmington area for June

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Unemployment rates rose in 84 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in June, including all five in our area.

Overall the Wilmington Metropolitan area saw unemployment climb from 9.7 percent in May to 10.0 percent in June. A year earlier the unemployment rate for the area was 10.8 percent.

"Over-the-year numbers are showing a positive trend compared to the June numbers," NC Department of
Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said in a news release. "Since June of last year, rates are down in nearly all of North Carolina’s 100 counties."

North Carolina had 39 counties that were at or below the state’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.9 percent. Only one of those was in our area: New Hanover County at 9.3 percent.

  June ’12 May ’12 OTM Change June ’11 OTY Change
Bladen 12.5% 11.6% +0.9 13.5% -1.0
Brunswick 10.9% 10.3% +0.6 10.9% No change
Columbus 13.3% 12.3% +1.0 14.3% -1.0
New Hanover 9.3% 9.1% +0.2 10.4% -1.1
Pender 11.2 11.1% +0.1 12.5% -1.3
Wilmington Metro 10.0% 9.7% +0.3 10.8% -0.8


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