Unemployment continues to rise across N.C.

Posted July 25, 2008

— The nationwide economic slowdown pushed the ranks of the unemployed higher in 82 of North Carolina's 100 counties last month, according to new state figures.

Eighty-four counties had unemployment rates of 5 to 10 percent in June, while 14 were below 5 percent and 2 were above 10 percent, according to a report released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission. In May, 18 were below 5 percent, 1 was above 10 percent and the remaining 81 were in the middle range.

Unemployment rates in all Triangle-area counties increased from May. In Wake County, the rate went from 4.4 percent to 4.8 percent, while it went from 4.8 to 5.1 percent in Durham County.

Orange County had the lowest June unemployment figures in the region at 4.6 percent, up from 4.1 percent in May, while Edgecombe County had the highest rate at 10.5 percent, up from 9.9 percent.

The state unemployment rate for June was 6.2 percent, up from 5.8 percent in May.

“The effect of the national economy is being felt in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties,” ESC Chairman Harry Payne said in a statement. “While the number of counties that had increasing rates is fewer than the previous month, we see that the rising price of gasoline is having an impact on the labor force. While our commission offices still receive job orders from employers, the pace has dropped. Even during the busy summer months, it appears employers have reduced hiring, making it a much tighter job market.”

Statewide, 283,965 people were unemployed in June, up from 264,659 in May. About $89.9 million in unemployment benefits was paid to 99,939 people in June, compared with $89.5 million to 98,102 people in May.


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  • TheAdmiral Jul 25, 2008

    "Keep voting the same style fools into office; then keep asking Government to protect your from whatever it is you need protection from; then keep asking for more and more entitlements."

    Oh, you mean the Liberal Democrats who want to give all of the eggs away and be racist against the majority of people, such as Jackson and Sharpton have been.

    I agree with you.

    I want to know "Where's FEMA? Where's the Govment? Where's my check?" Cause the Liberals who never worked a day in their life were sure whining for it in New Orleans.

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 25, 2008

    keep encouraging more illegal aliens to come in with "sanctuary cities", medicaid, food stamps, subsidized housing ... watch the folks who hire the lawn care & buy the houses & own the businesses that pay the taes take flight to less "subsidized" states... then see who you can mooch off

  • chfdcpt Jul 25, 2008

    "but this country imports way too many foreign workers that are also taking jobs from Americans. PowderedToastMan"

    Have you looked at today's want ads in the news and disturber? In the Raleigh/Durham area only;
    Management-435 openings, sales-415, information technology-288, health care-212, engineering-209...

    Sounds like the problem is an educational system that is not providing for the needs of the industry. If I recall, some of the figures from the last few years, over 50% of the advanced engineering and science degrees are going to legal foreign students. We can't get our own kids to provide the needed manpower in the current job market.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 25, 2008

    Keep voting the same style fools into office; then keep asking Government to protect your from whatever it is you need protection from; then keep asking for more and more entitlements. So Pretty soon the Corps look around, realize they can make more profits overseas and away they go. But be not afraid. For every private sector job lost; the State Government will create two new jobs. I am sure they will puzzle out a way to pay for it.

  • bs101fly Jul 25, 2008

    amen, every thing is fine. if you don't have enough money to cover gas, food and life you just ain't working hard 'nuff!

  • TheAdmiral Jul 25, 2008

    No need to be scary - that idiot on Progress Energy's website will tell you to buy stuff to save you money.

    In fact, he is for CFL's, which after 10 years of chucking them in the landfill with turn it into a EPA supersite.

    There is no need to worry - our government will press out a check for us.

  • enoughsenough Jul 25, 2008

    Glaxo just cut 10% of it's work force in Zebulon, and Wachovia- Walkallovia is laying off 10,750 people. This is getting scary folks.

  • oldschooltarheel Jul 25, 2008

    Keeping Jobs & Skilled American workers working is just not part of the plan, don't you get it?

    The goal is to have Americans dependent on Big Government for "entitlements" like health insurance, social security, unemployment "compensation", disability while politico fatcats shoot around in their private jets, gassing their politco SUV fleets tax-free (yeppers, that was just documented happening at Denver municipal gas pumps by DNC convention organizers - & now, of course, they are all about "we'll pay those state & federal taxes"), getting the best health care the nation has to offer (while espousing the Canadian system of healthcare for all - if you on't die waiting for it) & setting themselves up with life-long pensions (what's that?) & sweet heart "consulting" & "lobbying" deals for family & friends.

    All those $$ wrung out of American taxpayers - & woe unto those who aspire to > than lower middle class - everyone will be whipping taxes outta your flesh until you submit.

  • miketroll3572 Jul 25, 2008

    I think raising the minimum wage has alot to do with this. We used to hire several part timers but not anymore due to the minimum wage going up.

  • Trivr Jul 25, 2008

    And raising the minimum wage isn't going to help any.