Unemployment rate on rise in Triangle

Posted March 20, 2012


— The Triangle's jobless rate jumped to 8.5 percent in January as workers hired for the holiday season returned to the employment sidelines, state officials said Tuesday.

The unemployment rate for the Raleigh-Durham area was 8 percent in December and 8.2 percent in January 2011.

“Seasonal losses in retail as well as the leisure and hospitality sector contributed to gains in the unemployment rates,” state Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said in a statement. “While rates were up in January, over-the-year nearly half of the state’s counties unemployment rates decreased or remained the same."

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in January.

The number of workers employed statewide decreased by 3,265 in January, to 4,165,580. The number of people unemployed increased 13,681, to 488,427.

The Raleigh-Cary area lost 7,800 jobs in January, according to the state Division of Employment Security. The trade, transportation and utilities sector shed almost half of those, while the leisure and hospitality and professional and business services sectors each lost at least 2,200 jobs.

In the Durham-Chapel Hill area, the public sector accounted for about a third of the 4,200 jobs lost in the month. The manufacturing sector, along with trade, transportation and utilities and mining, logging and construction, lost at least 700 jobs each.

The Fayetteville (2,500), Rocky Mount (1,300) and Goldsboro (500) metro areas also shed jobs in January.

Unemployment rates increased in 95 of North Carolina's 100 counties in January. Wake County's rate rose from 7.7 percent in December to 8.1 percent, while Durham County's rate went from 7.5 to 8.2 percent.

Orange County still has the state's lowest unemployment at 6.4 percent, but even that was up from 6.1 percent in December. Cumberland County's rate went from 9.8 percent to 10.3 percent, while Johnston County's rate increased to 9.6 percent from 8.9 percent.


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  • barbstillkickin Mar 21, 2012

    Gee wonder who is surprised about that. I keep saying whoever can convince me he will help unemployment across the Nation will get my vote. As far as N.C well there again convince me you really care about people and their jobs and maybe even a raise or two since it has not happened in over 7 years.

  • SurvivorOne Mar 20, 2012

    If you did not see this coming then you are really lacking a brain OR you have the IQ of a snail !!

  • Peachtree Mar 20, 2012

    "They've got to blame someone and they surely won't blame the fool taking up space in the White House." geaton

    They Who? (now let me try it) "You people" are so wrapped up in hatred that you can't see the forest for the trees! Here's a thought for you...take inventory of your own homes and report back with the number of items made in China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, Germany, etc., then count the number of U.S. companies with their names proudly displayed on those items. Again, who did you say started this U.S. mess? P.S. you may want to check the parts on your vehicle and that pretty produce in the fridge.

  • gswalker51 Mar 20, 2012

    The most terrifying thing about Obama now is how he's REALLY going all-in on "green energy". With LOTS of government-backed solar panel, windmill manufacturer, etc. type companies going bankrupt QUICKLY (on our dime by the way), the Chevy Volt a failure and his own "green jobs czar" Van Jones going bye-bye, it's pretty ballsy to claim "green" anything is going to be our salvation. At somepoint, someone in his own administration is going to have to point out the emperor isn't wearing any clothes...or even a navy blue suit with a white shirt and the sleeves rolled-up.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 20, 2012

    You do have somewhat of a point. The democrat party took over congress in 2007 and things started going downhill. So yes, we can blame the democrat congress for "starting" this mess.- Dark of the Moon

    Your own link (the graph) says otherwise. Notice the drop in 2004? Thats before 2007 BTW…


  • WooHoo2You Mar 20, 2012

    Obamas stimulus was passed after he took office, the national debt rose after Obama was in office, record home forecloures after he took office, rising gas prices after he took office, record bank failures after he took office, unemployment rose after he took office. No need to re-examine anything, al of these happened AFTER B.O. took!-Bazinga

    Yeah, going to stop talking to someone who does not understand cause and effect or even a *linear time line* and is unwilling to try and grasp such SIMPLE concepts…NEXT!

  • WooHoo2You Mar 20, 2012

    what about the rtp unemployment stats provided by Dark of the Moon? woohoo? Epic fail on your part. go back to watching msnbc and drinking the George Soros Kool aid.-Bazinga

    I addressed that already..might want to keep up. BTW, mindlessly saying “Kool aid” and bringing up the ‘liberal media’ kind makes you looks like you have been programed…

  • PanthersFan45 Mar 20, 2012

    This High unemploymnet rate in NC is brought to you by:

    Obamacare - where government run health care forces you to buy into a big government run health care system and fines you if you don't ..... and by

    Hope & Change - Hope was offered and change was ushered in when many became 99ers and the all time food stamp "participation" rate continues to shatter records .....

    We now return to our regular program - Commercial time was 2:02

  • Dark of the Moon Mar 20, 2012

    Makes more sense than blaming Obama for things that happened BEFORE he took office doesn’t it? Might want to reexamine what makes you laugh…



    You do have somewhat of a point. The democrat party took over congress in 2007 and things started going downhill. So yes, we can blame the democrat congress for "starting" this mess. Then we can blame OBAMA for failing miserably with his policies which deepened things and have created the worst recovery since the great depression.

    Then you can look at the small glimmers of hope here and there that occurred AFTER the democrats lost the house.

    Hmmm...see the pattern here? Anyone who is not blind can.

  • muggs Mar 20, 2012

    If the doctor you are going to is unable to diagnose the problem then it may be time to find another doctor.