Some Clayton residents are hopeful for economic turnaround

Posted December 1, 2011

— The Christmas tree lighting in downtown Clayton on Thursday was a welcome sight for many in the community who were hit hard by the economy this year. 

"My job just stopped. They folded," Jeff Waller said. 

Waller, who brought his 6-year-old daughter to the lighting on Main Street, said he was let go just over a month ago.

Local business owner Joyce Blackley served as Grand Marshal of the town's Christmas Village and Tree Lighting ceremony. Her business, Blackley's Printing & Sign Shop, has been operating for decades, but was not immune to the economy. 

"We took a downtown like everyone else did," Blackley said.

Things are beginning to change, Blackley said. She said many shops along Main Street are starting to open up again and neighborhoods are expanding. 

"We are seeing people come back, and they are trying to make things happen," Blackley said. 

jeff waller Clayton residents see signs of economic recovery

Johnston County was one of 83 counties in the state where unemployment dipped in October, according to the state Division of Employment Security reports released Thursday. Johnston County's unemployment dropped to 9 percent. 

Waller said he was recently able to find another job. 


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  • WRALMODSSUCK Dec 2, 2011

    Wow! Talk about a twisted story! I too was at the tree lighting ceremony and had a great time! Everyone was upbeat, positive, and heck... even found out our Mayor could really sing! Way to go mayor! Anyway, people, let's turn that frown upside down and cut the stings! Merry Christmas everybody!!!

  • cwood3 Dec 2, 2011

    AMEN Ambergail1. Thank you. I was there as well-ringing for my church handbell choir. We had a large time-all was very positive. The crowd was great-smiling, laughing, & singing.

    Business seems to be improving some. Time will tell-as well as the November 2012 election.

    Adam had an agenda concerning the economy. Maybe that was an angle he was told to take by his News Director, we don't know!!

    Clayton is a wonderful community to raise a family. Good LOCAL Schools (none of the Wake Co. stuff), great churches, more and more restaurants(Raleigh is 20-30 min away depending on where-for variety),great Parks and Rec. Dept,...

    Our move from Raleigh to Clayton years ago was a wise choice.

  • IMissYouOscar Dec 2, 2011

    I live in JoCo and work in Durham - I wish I they would move my company to JoCo! I've lived there for over 10 years and I just love it! I've lived in Burlington, Raleigh, Cary, Louisburg, Wake Forest and Clayton. I REALLY prefer Clayton!

  • FromClayton Dec 2, 2011

    what a poorly reported story WRAL. I was there last night with my little one and it was fun. I saw you with your camera. This does not reflect what went on last night! My family didnt talk about the economic downturn. We talked about the high school and middle school bands who played wonderful christmas music, Santa, the dress up your dog like santa parade, the little kids singing christmas carols, free hot chocolate, tree lighting and the local businesses who opened their doors and showed off what they can do. How about showing an accurate report of what was going on last night instead of making it depressing. Does depressing sell more than happy? Because it was a happy street party for kids and dogs dressed up like christmas trees. I WAS THERE!

  • cwood3 Dec 2, 2011

    We could care less if Bev gets to Clayton. JoCo is so conservative she'd probably rather fly over us than ride thru.

    WE had a great time last night in Clayton. The crowd on Main St. was wonderful-very festive. We do this the 1st Thursday in December every year.

    Oh-since we have a singing Mayor-why do we need Bev?

  • ReallyBigYawn Dec 2, 2011

    No she'll be too busy trying to stay out of legal trouble!

  • Screw WrAl Dec 2, 2011

    Some hope, the rest could care less in Clayton? That's what I get from this story. If they are hoping Bev is going to come save them I hate to burst their dream, but there is no chance of that. She's a little busy staying a step ahead of the investigation.

  • mmtlash Dec 2, 2011

    Clayton is turning into a bedroom community for Raleigh and long as those 2 entities are doing ok Clayton will be ok

  • pappybigtuna1 Dec 2, 2011

    your democrate governor will be right down there to help you, that is so funny