NC unemployment rate dips below 10 percent

Posted January 24, 2012


— North Carolina's unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent in December, marking the first time in six months that the state's jobless rate was in single digits.

The state Division of Employment Security reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate statewide was 9.9 percent, down from 10 percent in November. The rate was last below 10 percent in June, when it also was 9.9 percent.

"Looking at the private sector over the year, we are seeing some moderate signs of improvement," Dale Carroll, deputy secretary of Employment Security, said in a statement.

Since December 2010, about 29,400 private-sector jobs have been added statewide, officials said. The leisure and hospitality industry accounted for 11,800 of the new jobs, while the trade, transportation and utilities sector accounted for 9,200 jobs and the education and health services sector another 7,000.

Meanwhile, the public sector shed 9,800 jobs statewide between December 2010 and December 2011.

The number of North Carolina residents counted as unemployed dropped by almost 5,200 in December, to 446,402. The number of employed people rose by more than 9,500, to more than 4.06 million.

The state unemployment rate continues to lag far behind the national rate, which was 8.5 percent in December.

The state paid $267.1 million in Unemployment Insurance benefits to claimants in November. Those payments include state and federally funded benefits. 


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  • Not_Time_Yet Jan 25, 2012

    Reading these comment they break down into two categories. One says things are great or at least improving, the other says the numbers are invalid and mistated since they don't count those no longer applying or drawing UI benefits.

    One way to know if things are actually getting better (or not) would be to look at the NC income tax revenue. If it is up due to more people paying income taxes (not rate increases) then great, more people are working. However if revenue is still going down(as the state claims) then that would support the theory that a huge number of unemployed are no longer being counted as,... unemployed.

    So what does being unemployed but not counted mean, the state considers you a NON-PERSON.

  • storchheim Jan 24, 2012

    OK, wildcat, I'll ask you again, and I hope you don't just disappear like last time: WHO PAYS FOR SCHOOL WHEN YOU HAVE NO INCOMEW?

  • bigal02282 Jan 24, 2012

    Uh oh. You Governor and President haters are going to run out of things to complain about if ... wait, what am I thinking? You'll NEVER run out of things to complain about. It's the only thing you are any GOOD at......

  • cantstandya Jan 24, 2012

    Da Toy Maker, Not saying many do not deserve credit for making it through these times but being from the generation that went through similiar circumstances in the 70's and early 80's I myself had to relocate to wherever the work was being in the construction industry for 45+ years it was difficult but fortunatly I was single with no family,the families that are struggling now have rooted themselves and I can only imagine what a difficult time they are having,no discredit to you was intended.

  • Da Toy Maker Jan 24, 2012

    "The answer is not a lot. Things will get better, they always do so most will get jobs again in their field of expertise, some will retrain, but what as?, is the question and some no doubt will have to accept what is in effect an early retirement. Some will start businesses and never look back but I suspect they will be the talented and lucky few.....
    haggis basher"

    That is why I said that I agree with you on a lot of your opinions and comments on various issues. As painful as it might be, some people will never get back to the living standard that they once enjoyed before this recession. I consider myself extremely lucky that the business I started in 2002 and the one I started in 2010 are both doing well. I'll never be rich by anyone's standard but I'm paying all the bills and then some. What I'm trying to say is that everyone have to really take a step back and figure out where to go from here. Agree?

  • ctnorris2011 Jan 24, 2012

    cantstandgoloanymore - "Just makes me think that some have the "perfect job for nothing" attitude."

    For your information cantstandgoloanymore my husband is in school and he is bettering himself, he will graduate in Mat with double Associate degrees. As far as you thinking that some have the mindset of "perfect job or nothing", you obviously are not talking about my husband. If you had read my entire comment you would have realized that, but of course one sided people like you only see what you want to see.

  • haggis basher Jan 24, 2012

    "What choice are those people have? The jobs that are available pay way too less than what they used to make. Too old to go back to school to train in another field. They can't work in the job that is there to feed the family. UE runs out."

    The answer is not a lot. Things will get better, they always do so most will get jobs again in their field of expertise, some will retrain, but what as?, is the question and some no doubt will have to accept what is in effect an early retirement. Some will start businesses and never look back but I suspect they will be the talented and lucky few.....

  • shoutntime Jan 24, 2012

    My friend just finished his 2 yr training at Wake Tech for HVAC Technician. Da Toy Maker

    And my in-laws who work in the industry are talking about how hard it is to find a HVAC job, and how it's all been downsized since 2008. As the economy improves, that will change, but there's a lot of unemployed HVAC people right now. Your friend got lucky. - babbleon

    I am looking for an out of work HVAC person! The couple quotes I have received so far from working HVAC people make me feel as if they are trying to recoup all their losses on the work I need done.

  • Da Toy Maker Jan 24, 2012


    I don't believe I'm trying to lecture anyone. I'm just trying to point out the obvious considering myself have not been counted since 2002 when I was laid off from a big company. I personally believe the US is the best in the world and it does offer opportunity. Again. It is my personal believe and my personal experience. I can't speak for others. Maybe I'm just lucky all these times.

  • All the People Jan 24, 2012

    "Unknown what the real state unemployment rate is but the U.S is at 13%, while the main stream media will tell you it's at 8 or 9%"

    Even assuming that your number is correct, it is still misleading because you are trying to compare it to numbers that are calculated differently. Because the official numbers are calculated the same way every time they still serve as a good measure against each other, your "real unemployment rate" has been falling as well.

    "Ask yourselves why Welfare and Foodstamps have risen and then look at the real unemployment figures."

    There is a link between the number of people out of work and the rise in the use of social programs however, relaxed requirements for these programs is also a major factor in the rise in this number.

    Concerning your claims about the day of the week. The day is set and it is always released on that day. Also, the numbers are not always adjusted down, I suggest you double check that.