SC, NC jobless rates rise again in July; up to 9.6 percent - FOX Carolina 21

SC, NC jobless rates rise again in July; up to 9.6 percent

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Both South Carolina and North Carolina's jobless rates rose in July.

South Carolina's has gone up for a third month in a row, rising slightly in July to 9.6 percent from June's 9.4 percent.

The state's Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday there were about 4,000 more unemployed people in the state and about 11,000 fewer employed people. The agency says this pattern often occurs during the middle of the year.

The June rate of 9.4 percent had been 0.3 percentage points higher than May's rate.

May's rate of 9.1 percent was the first time South Carolina unemployment had gone up in 10 months.

The national unemployment rate in July increased to 8.3 percent from June's 8.2 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate increased slight to 9.6% in July but still remains below the rate from the same time last year.

The rate increased from the 9.4% June figure, which had held steady for three months. The North Carolina rate remains higher than the national rate of 8.3%.

The state unemployment rate in July 2011 was 10.7%.

The state Commerce Department says the number of employed people decreased by almost 14,000 to about 4.2 million over the month but increased by about 49,000 over the past year.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled more than 64,000, increasing by almost 18,000 from June. Almost 445,000 people were unemployed in North Carolina in July.

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