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Triangle unemployment rate creeps up to record 9.4%

Posted April 7, 2010

— Unemployment across the Triangle crept a bit higher in February to another record high of 9.4 percent, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission reported Wednesday.

The rate in January was 9.3.

According to the ESC, the Combined Statistical Area workforce – people working and those seeking work – grew by nearly 4,000 to 868,756.

Employment grew to 787,415, up by almost 4,000.

Those seeking work increased in number to 81,341 from 80,758.

Unemployment in the Raleigh-Cary metro area increased to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent in January. The number of jobs increased by 2,700, with 1,500 being added in education and health services, 900 in professional and business services, and 300 in government.

However, the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area rate remained stable at 8.4 percent. Employment increased by 1,600 with 1,400 of those being government jobs.

Across the state, the jobless rate is 11.8 percent. It is not seasonably adjusted.

Unemployment in Wake remained 9.2 percent in February, the same as in January. Durham County’s rate also stayed stable at 8.5 percent. Orange County’s rate remained 6.9 percent.

In the state’s other major metro areas, the jobless rate increased in six.

Metro statistical areas for February were:

• Asheville — 10.2 percent, up from 10.1 percent in January.

• Burlington — 13.2 percent, no change.

• Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 12.8 percent, no change.

• Durham-Chapel Hill — 8.4 percent, no change.

• Fayetteville — 9.8 percent, no change.

• Goldsboro — 9.8 percent, down from 9.9 percent.

• Greensboro-High Point — 12.4 percent, up from 12.3 percent.

• Greenville — 10.7 percent, no change.

• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 15.8 percent, up from 15.7 percent.

• Jacksonville — 8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent.

• Raleigh-Cary — 9.6 percent, up from 9.5 percent.

• Rocky Mount — 14.7 percent, up from 14.6 percent..

• Wilmington — 11.6 percent, down from 11.7 percent.

• Winston-Salem — 11.1 percent, up from 11 percent.


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  • josephlawrence43 Apr 8, 2010

    Opiniononeverything: Stimulus is working btw??? What has it accomplished?? where and how has it been spent??? even the gummit can't answer those questions--but they will admit that its not working the way it was intended.

  • Raleigh Boys Apr 8, 2010

    The ex-offender will be the last one hired in NC. Even the non violent offenders that made a mistake 15 or 20 years ago. Places like Duke, and Salix will never hire them. Makes you wonder why recidivism is high in NC. Ex offenders are not given a second chance when it comes to decent paying jobs.

  • mep Apr 7, 2010

    Anyone feeling "stimulated" yet? Apparently spending nearly a TRILLION dollars we had to borrow has not pumped up the economy as we were promised, locally or nationally. With millions still unemployed, and the govt admitting it may take years to get back to the 3-5% unemployment levels we had during both Bush administrations, its going to be a long hard return to the "new" normal. Or the massive national debt ($72K per person) and continued spending while expanding govt entitlements we are currently doing will cause the economy to implode. I'm waiting to see.

  • wildervb Apr 7, 2010

    Well whether you think I'm a socialist or not realy is a moot point.

    Facts are facts, the report mentions that 4,000 more people were employed in the triangle area in February. The March jobs report showed a gain of 162,000 jobs nationwide. (Mostly in the Private sector). Those are facts not spin.

  • Eduardo1 Apr 7, 2010

    liar-liar, who wrote this article. Our Czar was just here a few days ago, telling us how good things are, not only that but Foot-in-mouth Biden was also here a couple of weeks ago, also telling us how things are. Now, you know they would never lie to us. "WOULD THEY?"

  • coolwill43 Apr 7, 2010

    You sure could not tell it with all of the immigrants that I see working (legal, illegal, or visa). We are losing, this state (contractors) this city (contractors) (look who is picking up your garbage and yard waste pickup also) and the private sector is putting legal American citizens out of work. An all the leaders of this nation knows this.

  • Deacons Apr 7, 2010

    wildervb is as radical as Obama, just ignore him, he is a socialist.

  • Deacons Apr 7, 2010

    Don't worry, the Democrats will just raise taxes, that will solve it!

  • jet2rdu Apr 7, 2010

    As more NC workers lose jobs, they pay less taxes and receive jobless benefits. They also will spend less, causing others to lose their jobs. The state and federal tax revenue suffers, the state will need to cut spending and programs causing further job losses by the state.

    This is a dangerous spiral called a "spin" by pilots. It usually results in an unhappy ending for all along for the ride.
    Even our prez cannot repeal the law of gravity.

  • rayzer Apr 7, 2010

    "When the country went from near full employment in the last year of Clinton to over 9% the last year of GWB,..."

    Nice try, bud. Unemployment never reached 9% under Bush. Check your facts before posting.