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North Carolina's unemployment rate dipped slightly, to 11 percent, in June, but the number of employed workers in the state also dropped by 5,626 over the past month, the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina reported Friday.May's unemployment figure was 11.1 percent.

The state's unemployment rate a year ago in June was 6.1 percent.

The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects, such as temporary summer jobs.The largest month-over-month increase was in government jobs, with 13,900 jobs added.

The largest decrease was in manufacturing, with 5,500 jobs eliminated.Nationally, the unemployment rate in June was 9.5 percent, the highest rate since August 1983 and an increase from 9.4 percent in May.County unemployment rates for June will be updated in a report to be released July 24."This agency remains committed and focused to helping our customers as they transition through a very difficult economy," says ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr.

"Through technology, or in one of our 89 offices statewide, the ESC is there to assist job seekers and help qualified applicants receive unemployment benefits."The number of unemployed workers in the state decreased by 4,721 workers, to 502,263, ESC says.

Since June 2008, unemployment has increased by 224,657 people.
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