South Carolina's jobless rate held fast at 9.6 percent in August, while North Carolina's rate rose slightly.
The Department of Employment and Workforce says the number remained essentially the same as the rate for July.
The July rate had inched up from a 9.4 percent rate in June. May's rate of 9.1 percent was the first time the state's unemployment had gone up in 10 months.
The agency says the estimated number of unemployed people dropped by just over 2,000 people to about 204,000. Employment also dropped for the fifth consecutive month by about 10,000 people.
North Carolina's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.7% in August with nearly 6,000 more people reported as jobless.
The state Commerce Department said Friday North Carolina's unemployment rate rose slightly for a second straight month. The national unemployment rate was 8.1% in August, down from 8.3% the previous month
The jobless data shows more than 450,000 people in North Carolina want to work but don't have jobs.
The jobs picture has improved significantly over the past year, with nearly 41,000 more people drawing paychecks and 47,000 fewer North Carolinians unemployed since August 2011. The state's unemployment rate is 1%age point lower than a year ago.
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