North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in July, up from 9.9 percent in June, the state Employment Security Commission reported Friday.
The ESC notes the majority of the local government jobs lost were in education, including teaching positions.
North Carolina’s jobless rate now stands at 10.1%, a full percentage point above the national unemployment rate.
House Minority Whip Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) said, “The evidence is now in and the facts are undeniable: Republican policies have substantially added to the rolls of the unemployed in this state, exacerbated human suffering, and inexplicably restricted the ability of state agencies to respond and assist the people of North Carolina.”
The last time the rate was in double digits was 10 percent in June 2010. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Perdue said the loss of 11,000 public sector jobs pushed up the rate.
The GOP-led General Assembly overrode a Perdue veto that ended some temporary tax increases and reduced spending.