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Triangle unemployment rate dips in October

Posted December 1, 2011

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— The jobless rate across the Triangle metropolitan area fell slightly in October to 8 percent from 8.3 percent in September, according to the state Division of Employment Security.

In data released Thursday, the DES reported that joblessness fell in 83 of the state’s 100 counties. The overall jobless rate which is not seasonally adjusted was 9.7 percent.

Unemployment also dropped in all the state’s 14 major metro areas.

The number of people unemployed in the Triangle fell to 70,368 in October from 73,402 in September.

In Raleigh-Cary, 3,000 jobs were added in October with growth strongest in three categories:

• 1,200 in education and health services
• 1,100 in government
• 1,000 in professional business services

However, 1,700 jobs were lost in mining, logging and construction.

The capital city area still is 800 jobs below October of 2010.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, jobs grew in October by 1,500 with 1,100 of those coming in government and 500 in manufacturing.

Some 3 700 jobs were lost in leisure and hospitality.

Durham-Chapel Hill has added 1,300 jobs since October of 2010.

By county, Wake’s rate was 7.7 percent, Durham 7.7 percent, Orange 6.2 percent, Johnston 9 percent, Franklin 9.7 percent and Chatham 8.4 percent.

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  • fayncmike Dec 2, 2011

    ">>"I will bet you $10 that the unemployment rate will bounce right back up there after the season is over on the 14th of January.

    In fact - I can guarantee it."

    Based on what? At any rate, I'll take that bet, given that I would have won the last two years and current trend point to me winning again this year. But go ahead, ignore observable facts and go with your "feelings" instead.
    WolfPackAlum"

    I'll take some of that easy money too considering that seasonal employment isn't fractured in.

  • fayncmike Dec 1, 2011

    It's nice to see things picking up a bit.

  • Gary_too Dec 1, 2011

    Wonder if he's aware that republicans wanted to end the deductions he gets for his kids in order to pay for their tax cuts for the rich? says Plenty Coups

    You facts for this piece of progressive propaganda??

  • PanthersFan45 Dec 1, 2011

    What's strange is the RDU area is considered one of the best places in the country for employment and the rate is at 8%. It tells you just how bad the economy is nationally when you have numbers like this. I hope that some who are looking for work aren't people who just recently moved here with their hopes pinned on landing a job quickly.

  • Plenty Coups Dec 1, 2011

    troll-"Make 30k yr, have 3 kids"

    Godness-"Hmmm Whats your federal income tax liability? I think we may have found a 47%er."

    Wonder if he's aware that republicans wanted to end the deductions he gets for his kids in order to pay for their tax cuts for the rich?

  • Plenty Coups Dec 1, 2011

    Dirty water-"I was merely pointing out that the impending European failures are proof of the validity of her admonitions."

    I thought it had more to do with spending more than you take in exacerbated by the recession. You could just as easily point out the success of Canada in weathering the last recession which surely is much more "socialistic" than the USA and came out much better financially.

  • flashsparks Dec 1, 2011

    Thanks goes to the House Republicans for bringing jobs to the area.

  • godnessgracious2 Dec 1, 2011

    no more retirement benefits.

    You can't just take away benefits earned in the past. Maybe they would have left that job if it wasn't for that part of the compensation package.

  • godnessgracious2 Dec 1, 2011

    Make 30k yr, have 3 kids

    Hmmm Whats your federal income tax liability? I think we may have found a 47%er.

  • sunshine1040 Dec 1, 2011

    they must be counting the potential jurrors in the case of bevs campaing flights and the investgators that forgot to investigate last year

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