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Triangle unemployment rate dips to 7.9 percent

Posted September 28, 2012

— Unemployment across the Triangle fell to 7.9 percent in August from 8.1 percent in July, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported Friday.

Statewide, unemployment fell in 13 of the major metropolitan areas but it jumped in Fayetteville to 11.2 percent from 10.4 percent the previous month.

The jobless rate also fell in 72 of the state's 100 counties.

The not-seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the state was 9.7 percent in August. 

In Durham-Chapel Hill, the number of jobs surged by 6,700 with 5,000 of those coming in government as teachers returned to work from summer vacation.

Raleigh-Cary added a net 1,300 jobs with 3,000 coming in government.

However, several sectors reported declines in jobs in Wake County, including 800 in trade, transportation and utilities plus 600 in professional services and 500 in leisure and hospitality.

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  • WooHoo2You Sep 28, 7:43 p.m.

    FALSE!!! TOTALLY FALSE! !! Please do not report false numbers as this makes you look foolish. unemployment is MUCH higher. This lower numbers that you are making up is just to make it look like Obama is doing something. Well he is not. This low number is ONLY because no PRESIDENT has EVER been re-elected with unemployment over 8 percent. I really hate it when you make up numbers and LIE !!!!- BANMD

    Dude, this is for the TRIANGLE not the nation...try to keep up!

  • driverkid3 Sep 28, 6:24 p.m.

    charmcclainlovesdogs2::::Trust him. (Obama)

    I would not trust him with anything, ANYTHING at all. That statement tells me that you are lacking something, I jsut can't put my finger on what it is.

  • driverkid3 Sep 28, 6:07 p.m.

    No Surprises::::Man, this site is trying SO HARD to fluff up Obama.

    Yes, it sure it. It would be great if they worked just as hard to show the real damage the dems have done. I reckon they save all that energy for dumping on republicans. When Romney gets elected watch how fast they start criticizing every breath he takes.

  • driverkid3 Sep 28, 6:01 p.m.

    Obama's gonna jump all over this like stink on a dead skunk, and will grab all the credit for it.

  • BANMD Sep 28, 5:14 p.m.

    FALSE!!! TOTALLY FALSE! !! Please do not report false numbers as this makes you look foolish.
    unemployment is MUCH higher. This lower numbers that you are making up is just to make it look like Obama is doing something. Well he is not. This low number is ONLY because no PRESIDENT has EVER been re-elected with unemployment over 8 percent. I really hate it when you make up numbers and LIE !!!!

  • TiminNCisBack Sep 28, 5:13 p.m.

    And gas prices plummet to 3.70 the country is in full recovery people!

  • storchheim Sep 28, 5:06 p.m.

    "Oh and the best part...once they are approved (which by law has to happen within 30 days for food stamps and 45 for medicaid) then they are good for the entire year...even when they go back to work."

    Well PLENTY COUP, YOU FORGETFUL OLD DARLING YOU......how did you manage to omit this detail all the times you've cried about the underpaid teachers?

  • storchheim Sep 28, 5:03 p.m.

    char, with your lack of ability to express yourself in writing using correct spelling and grammar and organizing a cohesive thought, I'd say community college is worthless.

    Which programs were you and your child collecting from, and for how long, before you finally went back to school? How much did the taxpayers kick in so that you could post "praying for" and tell people what they may and may not think here all day?

  • offthegrid7165 Sep 28, 5:03 p.m.

    Man, this site is trying SO HARD to fluff up Obama.

    Be sure to cast your vote for President Barack Obama. The job situation will get better. Trust him.charmcclainlovesdogs2

    Wow charm... I bet you just can't wait to to get your hand/forehead stamped... can you...

  • WooHoo2You Sep 28, 4:54 p.m.

    piene - when have teachers ever been considered as seasonal employees? They're not. This is a new way to massage numbers seems to me.-Nancy

    Teachers have been able to collect unemployment during the summer for as long as I remember. I have never understood why but they can and always have.

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