Unemployment up across N.C.

Posted August 22, 2008

— Unemployment rates increased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, according to statistics released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission.

Dare and Swain counties were the only counties to post lower unemployment rates, while Gaston County showed no change.

“North Carolina had a large increase in the labor force throughout many of the state’s counties during July, however unemployment also rose,” ESC Chairman Harry Payne said in a statement. “Much of the increase is attributed to the significant number of people entering and re-entering the labor force, which could be a sign that workers believe jobs are out there and they are actively looking. We were encouraged by the large number of workers – 31,435 – who found employment in July.”

Unemployment in Wake County jumped from 4.8 percent in June to 5.2 percent, while Durham County's rate went from 5.1 to 5.5 percent. The rate in Orange County went from 4.6 to 5.1 percent, while Johnston County's rate went from 5.6 to 6.2 percent and Cumberland County's went from 6.6 to 7.2 percent.

Edgecombe County continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 11.2 percent.

Statewide, the unadjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, up from 6.2 percent in June. The seasonally adjusted rate, reported Aug. 15, was 6.6 percent. State officials do not compute seasonal adjustments for the 100 counties, however.

Total employment increased in July by 31,453 workers, from 4,316,413 to 4,347,866. The unemployment total in July was 317,972 people, compared with 283,350 in June.


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  • oldschooltarheel Aug 22, 2008

    OH NO! This must mean its time for Easley to go find us some jobs in Europe this fall, the Caribbean this winter & in Australia this coming spring... with his complete entourage... so his successor can whine for raising taxes... same old, same old - NC had some the best skilled workers (who actually made things)in the world - now all that is gone (furniture, shoes, clothing, linens) supplanted with "service industry" jobs & construction (for who? what are they gonna do?). Nice legacy Mike - sure goes with the "education" legacy you've left the state - with the lil chilluns getting dumber & dumber (by objective assessment).

  • coolwill Aug 22, 2008

    The unemployment is only based on the people looking for jobs and the jobs available, not the people that are unemployed. Have you looked who is doing the road work lately?
    This country is being given away. There will be plenty of minority in the future and it wont be Latinos, check the census report, that’s is just the ones that was counted. All government contract should only be given to contractors that hirer legal American citizens.

  • veyor Aug 22, 2008

    From experiencing the early 80's I know that it takes a long time for things to run through the economy. Some of you that are so secure on here will be singing a different tune next year about this time. Just wait and see folks.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 22, 2008

    G-man - you make a great point about all the money that is going overseas. Along with our Government changing that behavior, we all could help ourselves by buying locally produced products and USA made products as much as we can. Whenever I can find USA made or NC produced, I buy that even if I have to spend a bit more money. Of course, some products we just do not have a choice any longer. I am not against free trade; but for us that usually does not mean fair trade. But if we can buy more USA made stuff, that can help to create jobs here.

  • penny for your thoughts Aug 22, 2008

    There are definately jobs for everyone. The problem is not everyone is willing to work even though they say they want a job! I've been unemployed before, but I have two jobs now and don't have sympathy for people who don't work. There are jobs there that people can take if they weren't too lazy or too proud to work for a lower wage (although they'd take unemployment and sit on their bottoms all day!). $8 an hour at a fast food joint is better than nothing!

  • Red Aug 22, 2008

    How about we ignore the people who's unemployment benefits have run out? Or those too proud to go on it in the first place? And the one's that find lower paying jobs out of desperation, some working two to make ends meet? And just where are these jobs that the ESC says we think are out there? Nobody's hiring. And those that are know they don't have to pay high wages because of the high number in the pool of workers looking.

  • blackdog Aug 22, 2008

    ...not everyone can work for an ad agency promoting a politician...

  • Go_APPS Aug 22, 2008

    I have recently been researching the fair tax proposal and wonder what impact it might have on this.... just food for thought... ( is where all the info on this is if anyone isn't familiar)

  • G-man Aug 22, 2008

    The problem I and several others I know are having is finding good competent workers that will actually come to work and perform.

  • TomLynda Aug 22, 2008

    There is another way to look at these figures. We are so used to seeing just one side of this situation. Intead of saying, My or my the unemployment is up to 5.2% and we think that is so, so bad. What that really means is that a whopping 94.8% are working. Now that's something to think about. There will always be unemployed people. A few through no fault of their own, most due to being so lazy they won't get off thier rear ends and find a job, and there are jobs out there.