The Triangle’s jobless rate remained flat at 5 percent in July for the third consecutive month as the region’s employment picture appears to have stabilized.
The jobless rate for the broader metro area that includes Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill has not fluctuated widely in the past year, posting 4.9 percent in January and 5.3 percent 12 months ago.
The July data was released Tuesday by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the N.C. Chamber of Commerce, and was seasonally adjusted by Wells Fargo Securities.
The Triangle – with a broad range of sectors in health care, technology, energy, higher education and government – is one of the state’s top-performing economic regions. By comparison, North Carolina’s jobless rate in July was 5.9 percent, while the national average was 5.3 percent.
In July, the Raleigh area added 2,000 jobs while Durham added 3,200, for a total of 5,200 jobs.
This year so far, the combined metro area has added 12,700 jobs.