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Triangle unemployment rate drops to 7.5 percent

Posted May 25, 2012


— The jobless rate across the Research Triangle area fell to 7.5 percent in April from 7.9 percent in March, the state Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported Friday.

A year ago, the unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.

Statewide, unemployment fell in all 14 major metropolitan areas for the second consecutive month.

The rates are not seasonally adjusted, the measure that economists consider the best barometer of the jobs situation.

However, the Triangle number did match the seasonally adjusted figure released by the Bureau of Business Research at East Carolina University. Its data was released shortly after the state's figures.

In Raleigh-Cary, employers added 600 jobs in April.

Profession and business services firms actually added 1,400 jobs, but those were largely offset by a drop of 900 jobs in mining, logging and construction.

Over the past year, Raleigh-Cary employers have added 8,100 jobs, a growth rate of 1.6 percent.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, about 700 jobs were added in April, with 600 coming in business and professional services.

Year to date, Durham-Chapel Hill employers have added 3,900 jobs, an improvement of 1.4 percent.

Other metro areas

In Fayetteville, employers added 800 jobs. The jobless rate declined to 9.3 percent from 9.6 percent in March.

In Rocky Mount, unemployment dropped to 12.1 percent from 12.8 percent the previous month as employers added 600 jobs.

In Goldsboro, the addition of 300 jobs helped drop the jobless rate to 8.4 percent last month from 8.7 percent in March.


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  • WooHoo2You May 25, 2012

    There are jobs out there if you have the right skills. My employer has many vacancies for qualified, educated people.- The Realist

    My 300 person company (not MY company but the one I work for) has 15 open positions between the Triangle and the Triad area. There are good jobs out there but you have to GO GET THEM not "look" or send out resumes. The days of faxing a resume are long gone and so many people simply fail to see that.

  • Wacky_dood May 25, 2012

    There are jobs out there if you have the right skills. My employer has many vacancies for qualified, educated people.

  • bombayrunner May 25, 2012

    this country has been below the basement since mr crystal ball has been in office.

  • bombayrunner May 25, 2012

    and the lies just keep on comin'

    i know literally dozens of people I used to work with that dont have a job, gone bankrupt, have been on unemployment through every round.

    And the ones that have got a job are not making anything. not finding a job they can survive on.

  • storchheim May 25, 2012

    LS, how many times are you going to post that bartender joke? Are you competing with WooHoo's Christmas krap? Boys, it wasn't funny the first time, it isn't funny the 56th.

    WRAL, are you truly unable to moderate these boards? Do we really need to read the same tired stuff along with a few paid posters who add nothing, not even a dissenting POV?

  • storchheim May 25, 2012

    "How come I have a two time felon family member who has gotten three jobs just this year. He started installing fire sprinklers, then found a better job cutting granite, then a better job doing heating and air. Whats your excuse? Lazy? Greedy? Massively inept?"

    He started on job 1, then his record came to light/things went missing from work and clients' homes, he was fired, found job 2, then his record came to light/things went missing from work and clients' homes, he was fired, found job 3...that about right?

    And what are you so angry about, boy?

  • Nancy May 25, 2012

    And being reported today ....

    "For the first time in history, there are now more unemployed Americans who attended at least some college than people who only graduated high school or dropped out of high school, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.

    Seasonally unadjusted BLS data from April show that about 4.7 million of the nation's 9 million unemployed either graduated from a four-year or a two-year college program or attended college for some time before dropping out. A smaller 4.3 million share of America's unemployed graduated only from high school or didn't finish high school. "

  • mxteam44 May 25, 2012

    Still unemployed here, but at least there's "talk" of calling folks back. I guess that's better than nothing.

  • The Yoda May 25, 2012

    man, if he's re-elected , can't wait for all your heads to start exploding says LambeauSouth

    Not a chance of that happening buddy. Just like your left wing-whackos up in the land of cheeseheads, they are going down.

  • The Yoda May 25, 2012

    WooHoo2You.... Many Presidents came into office during a recession. But Obama is the first that failed to do what it took to get the country out of the recession. I am not taking all blame from Bush, he got creamed by the Far Left Congress that he had to live with the last two years of his term. Obama had both houses of congress and the White House during his first two years and got the car out of the ditch only to find the biggest cliff and drive over it as fast as the car would go.