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Triangle unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent

Posted April 27, 2012

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— The jobless rate in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area fell to 7.8 percent in March from 8.2 percent in February and 8.3 percent a year ago, the state said Friday.

Statewide, the jobless rate declined in 98 of 100 counties from the previous month and fell in 85 when compared to a year ago, the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the state Department of Commerce said..

The state unemployment rate is 9.6 percent.

Jobless rates also fell in the state's major metropolitan areas.

Employers added 14,122 jobs while the number of unemployed fell 26,890. However, the number of workers was not seasonally adjusted, which economists consider a more reliable figure.

According to the Bureau of Business Research at East Carolina University, the Triangle's seasonally adjusted jobless rate is 7.6 percent, the same as in February and half a percentage point below March 2011.

People who are unemployed, no longer receiving benefits and no longer seeking work are not calculated in jobless numbers.

Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 6 percent.

Employers in the Raleigh-Cary metro area added 4,500 jobs in March, an increase of just under 1 percent from February. Compared to a year ago, some 12,600 jobs have been added, an increase of 2.5 percent.

Of the new jobs, 1,500 were added in mining, logging and construction while another 1,500 were created in leisure and hospitality.

In the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area, employers added 1,600 jobs or 0.6 percent. Employment is up 5,000, or 1.8 percent, from the same time in 2011.

Biggest job increases came in manufacturing (700) and leisure and hospitality (500).


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  • PanthersFan45 Apr 27, 2012

    Last time i checked the president is giving all responsobility,credit, and criticism on the economy. just like a republican you are...if things are going well than its cause repubs control the house. if going bad than its Obamas fault. Theres nothing laughable here my friend except the comments from any republican. Here's an - Jimmytwotimes

    Now its getting really good ... I'm a republican because I called you out for being in the tank for Obama ? .... I'm getting a chuckle. Its OK, when I have taken positions where i happen to be in line with how deomcrats are thinking, I get called a liberal from the right. So I don't like things about Obama today, I'm a republican ... whatever LOL !!

  • +9 Apr 27, 2012

    Good on these numbers! It is good to see that things are still improving in spite of the GOP\TP and it's constituents to just say NO and block everything, everyone does to try to make it better.

  • jdupree Apr 27, 2012

    It's all those children of state employees who got prime state jobs!

  • babbleon Apr 27, 2012

    For all who are asking about the 'real' unemployment rate (U-6, includes discouraged and underemployed): it's down too. Seasonally adjusted:
    Mar 2011: 15.7
    Mar 2012: 14.5

    This 1.2 percentage point drop is LARGER than the U-3 rate drop over the same period of 0.7%. We are heading in the right direction, finally. If Spain holds, we may be in the clear, this time...

  • babbleon Apr 27, 2012

    "Good things happen when you vote Republicans to take over things!!"

    Yeah, like they fire 6K teachers and teachers aides in NC so that the money they save can go into investment accounts and create jobs. In Malaysia. Go GOP. Yay.

  • babbleon Apr 27, 2012

    People who are unemployed are not counted in the unemployment numbers? Then who is? xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I think they meant to say that people who have dropped out of the job market are not counted in Federal U-3 unemployment #s, which is what is usually reported. They are included in federal U-6. I don't see anything about whether the state is reporting U-3 or U-6, but all the rates have improved month to month and year to year.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Apr 27, 2012

    "People who are unemployed...are not calculated in jobless numbers."

    People who are unemployed are not counted in the unemployment numbers? Then who is?

  • muggs Apr 27, 2012

    Now I have a remote idea of how the men working the engine room on the Titanic felt,they knew it was going to sink yet stayed and watched as the waters rushed in,we're going down and the only thing keeping this ship afloat is lies and propaganda,soon they will run out of those and then what?

  • Plenty Coups Apr 27, 2012

    "...if things are going well than its cause repubs control the house. if going bad than its Obamas fault."

    Yes, this way they never lose in their own minds.(you could also substitute the general assembly in along with Perdue) If a party that they don't support is doing well and they control all aspects of government, the argument would then change to "how much better things would be" if their particular party was in power.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Apr 27, 2012

    "Good things happen when you vote Republicans to take over things!!"

    Hmmm, and if the unemployment rate had RISEN it would have been Obama's fault but the fact that it has fallen is because of the Republicans.

    You mean the Republicans who cut off people's unemployment benefits? Yeah, great job.