RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina will release the unemployment rate for the last month of 2012, a year that saw the rate drop slightly as the economy continued an anemic improvement.
The state Department of Commerce is expected to release the figure Friday morning. The rate was 9.1 percent in November, down slightly from 9.3 percent the month before, but well ahead of the national rate of 7.7 percent.
North Carolina started 2012 with an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent. A year ago, the December rate was 10.4 percent.
Meanwhile, weekly applications for unemployment benefits increased in North Carolina for the week ending Jan. 5 even as they dropped sharply nationally to a five-year low.
Applications increased by more than 13,600 because of layoffs in textiles, business services, construction, furniture and transportation equipment.
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