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RALEIGH, N.C. – Unemployment in the Research Triangle metropolitan area dipped slightly to 8 percent in May, the state’s reported Friday.

The jobless rate in April was 8.1 percent.

When the rate is seasonably adjusted for predictable patterns, the jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent in May from 8.3 percent in April, according to East Carolina University Economist James Kleckley.

Statewide, unemployment fell in 86 of 100 counties, the ESC reported.

The N.C. jobless rate is 9.9 percent.

“A majority of North Carolina’s counties experienced a decline in their unemployment rates,” said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes in a statement. “Some counties benefited from seasonal hiring, which is typical this time of the year. We continued to experience industry growth within our metropolitan statistical areas. In May, 11 of the state’s 14 metros had an increase in job growth.”

Unemployment rates in those 14 areas for May were:

• Asheville — 8.2 percent, down from 8.6 percent in April.
• Burlington — 10.9 percent, down from 11.1 percent.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.9 percent, down from 11.2 percent.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.3 percent, no change.
• Fayetteville — 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent.
• Goldsboro — 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent.
• Greensboro-High Point — 10.6 percent, down from 10.8 percent.
• Greenville — 9.7 percent, no change.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 13 percent, down from 13.4 percent.
• Jacksonville — 7.5 percent, no change.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.2 percent, down from 8.4 percent.
• Rocky Mount — 12.9 percent, down from 13.1 percent..
• Wilmington — 9.4 percent, down from 9.8 percent.
• Winston-Salem — 9.4 percent, down from 9.5 percent.

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