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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Winston-Salem metropolitan statistical area barely avoided being the state’s only region to report an overall job decline in 2012.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Davie, Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin counties gained 100 jobs during 2012 – finishing last in job growth out of the state’s 14 metro areas, according to the N.C. Commerce Department.

The Greensboro-High Point MSA by comparison had a net gain of 5,600 jobs during 2012, as well as 26,200 in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill MSA, 9,400 in the Raleigh-Cary MSA and 7,100 in the Durham-Chapel Hill MSA

The Winston-Salem MSA did gain 1,600 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, primarily lower-paying retail jobs, along with 800 in leisure and hospitality.

But it lost 1,100 government jobs, and 1,100 in education and health services and 300 in financial activities.

Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.