The Triangle's jobless rate was unchanged at 8.4 percent in August, suggesting that while the worst of the recession is easing, employers aren't rushing to hire new workers any time soon.
The latest data were released Friday by the N.C. Employment Security Commission and adjusted for seasonal effects by Wells Fargo Securities economists in Charlotte.
The News&Observer uses the adjusted data to provide a more statistically valid measure of local unemployment. The state jobless rate, which fell slightly to 10.8 percent in August, is seasonally adjusted by the Employment Security Commission.
"These numbers show that the unemployment rate appears to be topping out around the state, but the recovery is likely to be very slow," said Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wells Fargo.