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North Carolina’s unemployment up slightly, as state sheds thousands of jobs

North Carolina had 20,000 fewer people working in July than the previous month, as the state’s unemployment ticked up slightly to 6.5 percent.

The July jobs report that came out Monday morning (click here to read) puts the state’s unemployment rate at 6.5 percent, much lower than the 8.1 percent unemployment the state experienced a year ago, in July 2013.

The national unemployment rate is 6.2 percent.

July’s unemployment rate in North Carolina was an uptick from recent months, when the unemployment rate dipped as low as 6.2 percent in April.

North Carolina has seen its labor pool shrink steadily as it has emerged from the recession, and there were 19,848 fewer people receiving paychecks in July than there were in June.

The number of unemployed also went up by 5,298 in the last month.

The overall labor pool (which includes people currently in jobs as well as those looking for jobs) was at 4.67 million, a drop of 14,550 from the prior month.

Here’s a snippet of some of the data released Monday by the state Commerce Department’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division:

Source: N.C. Department of Commerce

Source: N.C. Department of Commerce

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