Triangle unemployment rate below 8 percent

Posted January 4, 2012

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— The jobless rate across the Triangle metropolitan area fell slightly in November to 7.8 percent from 8 percent in October, according to the state Division of Employment Security.

In data released Wednesday, the agency reported that joblessness fell in 74 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November. Thirty-nine counties reported jobless rates below the state's unadjusted rate of 9.5 percent.

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

The number of people unemployed in the Triangle fell from 70,368 in October to 68,303 in November.

Statewide, the number of unemployed dropped by 12,528, while the number of people employed also declined, officials said.

In the Raleigh-Cary area, 2,900 jobs were added in November, primarily in the trade, transportation and utilities, health and education and professional and business services sectors.

In the Durham-Chapel Hill area, jobs grew by 1,100 in November. In addition to the three employment sectors that showed growth in Raleigh-Cary, the government sector also showed growth in Durham.

Wake County’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in November, while Durham County's was 7.4 percent, Orange County's was 5.8 percent – that's the lowest statewide – Johnston County's was 8.7 percent and Cumberland County's was 9.5 percent. All of those rates declined from October.


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  • storchheim Jan 4, 2012

    ger, did you have a point?

  • ger Jan 4, 2012

    so funny to watch people desire misery just to justify their sad. America, I love you and desire your prosperity. I desired it under Bush and I desire it under Obama. I Bless America

  • Bill Brasky Jan 4, 2012

    "The Triangle unemployment rate for people under 25 years of age is over 20%."

    Where did this information come from?

  • BubbaDuke Jan 4, 2012

    The Triangle unemployment rate for people under 25 years of age is over 20%.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 4, 2012

    Walk around, why wear a frown,Say little people, try to put you down.What you need,is a helpin' handAll the strength, at your command.
    How's ya faith? Cause ya faith is you,Who you kiddin', to yourself be true,Spread ya love, for a brighter day
    For what ya search, you'll find a way.
    In our hearts lies all the answers To the truth you can't run from.
    Eagle flies, every seven days,Still cryin the blues, all about ya pay,What ya gonna do? Bout your living thang
    Will ya make it better, or just complain,Everyday is real, don't run from fear,Cause better days are very near,There are times when you are bound to cry.One more time, keep your head raised high.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jan 4, 2012

    This still isn't the whole story. Many of those finding jobs are being paid MUCH less than what they were being paid at thier previous job. This is still a drag on the economy. We are at least 2 years away from pulling out of this, and that's as long as the politicians don't do anything to send us back.

  • baracus Jan 4, 2012

    "Seasonal hiring usually causes the official unemployment rate to drop around the holidays."

    Depends on who's numbers you are looking at. The state usually reports the unadjusted numbers for whatever reason, for which what you say is true. The national figures are usually given as "seasonally adjusted". If you look at those numbers over the past decade the numbers go up, down, and stay the same after the holidays with about equal frequency.

  • solarflare40 Jan 4, 2012

    QUICK, QUICK new media!!! Hurry and find something negative about the economy to plaster on front pages to completely overshadow this good news! You know... the same stuff you always do...

  • Maybe Next Time Michele Jan 4, 2012

    The Bachmann campaign staff needs a job if anyone out there is hiring!

  • ckblackm Jan 4, 2012

    Seasonal hiring usually causes the official unemployment rate to drop around the holidays.