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Triangle unemployment climbs to 8.8 percent

Posted September 23, 2011

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— Unemployment in the Triangle increased to 8.8 percent last month, another sign that the jobs picture isn’t getting any better.

Joblessness across the Raleigh-Cary-Chapel Hill-Durham metro areas climbed to 8.8 percent from 8.5 percent in July, the state Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

A year ago, Triangle unemployment was 8 percent.

Nearly 7,000 more people are out of work than a year ago, according to ESC data. Now, 76,514 people are counted as unemployed in the Triangle.

The rate is not seasonally adjusted. Statewide, unemployment was 10.4 percent in August.

The seasonally adjusted rate for the Triangle is 8.5 percent, up from 7.8 percent in July and from 8.1 percent a year ago, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Business Research at East Carolina University. 

Durham-Chapel Hill did add 4,700 jobs from July. Most of those were in government (4,000) as a new school year began. For the year, jobs are down 1,500 from August 2010.

Raleigh-Cary jobs declined by 100 from July and are down 3,700 from a year ago. An increase of 1,100 government jobs was offset by a loss of 1,200 professional and business services jobs.

Across North Carolina, unemployment climbed in 10 of the state’s 14 major metro areas while dropping in three and remaining the same in one.

Rocky Mount has the state’s largest metro jobless rate, at 13.6 percent.

In Fayetteville, unemployment is 10.4 percent. Goldsboro’s jobless rate is 9.3 percent.

 

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  • tommys5 Sep 23, 2011

    Those "Recovery Summers" are as short as the Alaskian Winters are long.

  • storchheim Sep 23, 2011

    @mez:

    "However, the Act does cover the following regardless of their dollar volume of business: hospitals; institutions primarily engaged in the care of the sick, aged, mentally ill, or disabled who reside on the premises; schools for children who are mentally or physically disabled or gifted; preschools, elementary and secondary schools, and institutions of higher education; and federal, state, and local government agencies.
    ...
    "The following are examples of employees exempt from both the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements:

    Executive, administrative, and professional employees (including teachers and academic administrative personnel in elementary and secondary schools), outside sales employees, and certain skilled computer professionals (as defined in the Department of Labor's regulations)."

    Link: http://www.dol.gov/compliance/guide/minwage.htm

    Can you provide a link that says exempt staff get overtime, by federal law?

  • cantstandya Sep 23, 2011

    And one last post,If any of us think that any of the politicians read any of our comments do not worry if they did the FBI would be at your door for slandering one of our political leaders,the comments made here are trashed by days end and only we know what are motivational ideas are for moving forward,it is a shame some on this site are not reaching the proper listeners.All Have a Great Weekend.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 23, 2011

    storchheim - "Where are they getting tuition money? People who say this must not be able to hear themselves. And everyone says "go back to school!" What color is the sky in their world?"

    The unemployed can get assistance with tuition, but the problem isn't that they aren't educated.

    According to Burr, Hagan and the NCESC, an exceedingly high number of those unemployed are already highly educated, highly trained and highly experienced management and middle-management people who are over the age of 35.

    Employers would rather get a new graduate who will work for pennies than pay someone with a proven track record what they're worth to hire.

    THAT is the problem!!!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 23, 2011

    cantstand - "Instead of paying out unemployment to those that are willing to work in areas outside their chosen field and employers saying the want to hire but are just not quite able with the threat of a bad economy,let them take on some of these people,let them start them off and train them at a lower wage and then let a portion of the employees base pay be still obtained through unemployment..."

    As I've said about a million times on GOLO, employers won't hire those over-qualified for the positions they're trying to fill because they know if a better opportunity is presented to these over-qualified people, they'll jump at it - so it isn't worth it to them to hire them and train them.

    That's why so many highly educated, highly skilled and highly trained people who previously held management and middle-management positions have remained unemployed for over a year.

  • mep Sep 23, 2011

    Seem that despite all the so-called "draconian" budget cuts by the Republicans that want to see our State avoid bankruptcy... govt jobs are still being added. Apparently we can cut some more.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 23, 2011

    Dontlike - "Question for all Americans, are you better or worse off than you were the day Obama was inaugurated as President in 2009."

    The problems that we're facing now didn't just begin 1/20/09.

    They started long ago and built up over time.

    And we allowed it to happen by continuing to vote for proven crooks, liars and sex offenders.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 23, 2011

    DontLike - "Question for the long term unemployed, how is all of that hope and change from Obama treating you."

    I didn't vote for him, so stop pretending everyone but you did.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 23, 2011

    "Many companies would probably hire and start apprenticeship programs with some type of controlled government assistance,not all careers are based on a college education,as an example if someone works for a plumbing contractor many of the lessons learned are from a hands on situation,same with many trades,watched young people learn the construction business most of my life and if you think there is not a need let your air conditioning go out on a hot day or have a water line leak,these are all along with others trades that can be careers and in constant demand and like a college degree all take time to learn and that part of it never stops,keeping up on the latest technology in every field is non stop and these people are the ones we will need to keep up with that. - cantstandya"

    You're ideas are for a time when there is a shortage of skills.

    Today we have skilled people who are unemployed and you want to add more lower skilled people to the marketplace to pull down the wages.

  • cantstandya Sep 23, 2011

    Many companies would probably hire and start apprenticeship programs with some type of controlled government assistance,not all careers are based on a college education,as an example if someone works for a plumbing contractor many of the lessons learned are from a hands on situation,same with many trades,watched young people learn the construction business most of my life and if you think there is not a need let your air conditioning go out on a hot day or have a water line leak,these are all along with others trades that can be careers and in constant demand and like a college degree all take time to learn and that part of it never stops,keeping up on the latest technology in every field is non stop and these people are the ones we will need to keep up with that.

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