NC unemployment rate dips slightly in October

Posted November 22, 2011

— North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October, to 10.4 percent from 10.5 percent in September as the economy added 5,500 jobs.

However, the jobless rate is still half a percentage point higher than a year ago, when unemployment was 9.9 percent. The 10.5 percent rate in September was the highest in the past year.

Of the new jobs, 700 were added in the private sector, the state Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

The number of people employed grew to just over 4.038 million, while the number of unemployed fell by more than 8,000.

The size of the state's labor force fell by some 2,500, to 4,504,834, indicating a decline in the number of people no longer looking for work or receiving jobless benefits.

Numbers were seasonally adjusted.

The number of initial claims for unemployment benefits increased by 3,327. The number of people receiving benefits climbed to 108,197, up 480 from September.

National unemployment in October was 9 percent, compared with 9.7 percent a year earlier.

"The data reflects that the private sector employment grew this month – as it has done in eight of the past 10 months – and that there was a modest decline in the unemployment rate," Lynn Holmes, assistant secretary for employment security within the state Department of Commerce, said in a statement.

County by county jobless rates will be reported Dec. 1.


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  • barbstillkickin Nov 23, 2011

    Dips slightly in October well hate to tell you but after Duke get its 7.5% increase the suicide rate might increase. Purdue you should have stopped this from happening or the other politicians oh yea sorry they do not care. This does not hurt the wealthy as always just the poor people like me.

  • aetius476 Nov 22, 2011

    700 private sector jobs were added. whoopee!

    But the unemployment rate fell because government padded its payroll by 4800. More make work positions to be supported by the taxpayers.

    What happened to our legislature "right sizing" government? What about all those thousands of layoffs from schools and universities? What about the "sky falling"?

  • miketroll3572 Nov 22, 2011

    Wait till January 1st. Unemployment is going thru the roof.

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  • Mark Hayes Nov 22, 2011

    A sign that many have just given up hope is the number of comment being posted on this subject matter,the same numbers of unemployed,the same political wrangling that has plagued this country for over two years,with the same politicians doing nothing but bickering,I do hope that the younger generation learns from this as it is a great example of allowing too many to stay in power for too long.

  • Plenty Coups Nov 22, 2011

    "Bottom line, under Bev's watch we are sitting at over 10% unemployed."

    While I'm no big fan of Bev Perdues, you seem to want to blame her for high unemployment caused by the recession and also by General Assembly cuts to state workers. The republican alternative (as always), is tax cuts. Those cuts came at a price to our state's unemployment numbers. What would a republican governor had done differently other than cut more taxes, sooner?

    "Her free money train from Washington has run out and she has no answers."

    Yes, and the stimulus prevented quite a bit more North Carolinians from longer and more painful job cuts and salary decreases. Again, what would you have done differently?

  • penny for your thoughts Nov 22, 2011

    "The size of the state's labor force fell by some 2,500." They were too many people at Occupy this or that to even try to find work....

  • storchheim Nov 22, 2011

    "Isn't it possible to say that if peoples benefits are running out they are finding work somewhere? Even in jobs they might not have chosen if they had no other choice?"

    My benefits are running out and I've been unable to find work in IT or anywhere. I've applied for secretary positions which end up paying less than UE but no one wants to hire an IT pro, probably assuming that the minute an IT job pops up, I'll be gone. Can't blame them, but it means people like me go without work. And FWIW, I was looking since Day 1. I know jobs are scarce and UE pays about 30% of what I earn when employed.

    People in my position burn through their life savings until achieving the age where they tap the IRAs (if the money lasts that long), then spend their final years in desperate poverty because of forced "retirement" ten years early.

    We're not finished with the results of this depression, not by a long shot.

  • LambeauSouth Nov 22, 2011

    You're such a good parent....not
    November 22, 2011 12:26 p.m.
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    and you must be 12

  • LambeauSouth Nov 22, 2011

    November 22, 2011 12:15 p.m.
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    Hey Herman Cain, you would be better off just posting 9-9-9