The Triangle jobs picture took a turn for the worse in June, confirming the economists' gloomy expectations.
The jobless rate for the Triangle inched up to 8.1 percent, up from 7.8 percent in May.
The regional economy shrunk by 500 jobs.
And the number of people looking for work also decreased by 1,000.
All three measures, issued this morning by the N.C. Employment Commission, show that the Triangle's economy is moving backwards.
"It's hard to be too optimistic," said Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner. "The economy has much less momentum than we previously thought."