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North Carolina unemployment remains 10.8 percent

Posted October 16, 2009

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— North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained 10.8 percent in September with an increase of nearly 9,700 more people working offset by another nearly 2,900 unemployed, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

The state’s jobless rate has stayed within a range of 10.7 percent in February to a high of 11.1 percent in May.

The state did add 13,000 government jobs last month, “mostly” teachers, said Employment Security Commission spokesperson Andy James.

However, the state lost another 6,500 trade, transportation and utilities related jobs.

According to ESC data, North Carolina has suffered a net loss of non-farm jobs in every primary category it tracks other than government and education/health services over the past year.

By category:

  • Total non-farm: -210,200
  • Natural resources and mining: -200
  • Construction: -34,800
  • Manufacturing: -69,700
  • Trade, transportation and utilities: -46,000
  • Information: -5,000
  • Financial activities: -13,000
  • Professional and business services: -41,400
  • Education and health services: +5,000
  • Leisure and hospitality: -5,400
  • Other services: -13,900
  • Government: +14,200

“While we have positive news about a small increase in employment across the state, the fact that the unemployment rate remains about the same as it has been for months is a sobering point,” said ESC Chairman Moses Carey Jr. in a statement.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the country and is a full percentage point worse than the national rate of 9.8 percent.

ESC figures show that 4,042,297 people were working and 491,766 were seeking work in September.

The jobless rate does not include people who are not working and have given up seeking employment or moved elsewhere.

A year ago, North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

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  • SEOpro Oct 16, 2009

    6079 SMITH W, all the green cheese was distributed long ago and Toonces keeps crashing over and over again in the same manner, just like the government.

    Unemployment is at 10.8% and about to get worse, but not that you'd know it. Congress pushed through a bill that requires all handmade toy and clothing makers to have the toys and clothing tested at "certified" testing sites that then certify the toys are lead free, etc. at a cost of $400 and up.

    When you make handmade toys to make ends meet sometimes you have to work 2 months to sell enough to make $400.00 profit. But then for every single item to be tested? You are talking thousands.

    And you are talking thousands of people that will be out of work this coming Feb. 10 when they have to close their shop and stop making anything to sell.

    Those people won't be in the unemployment numbers cause they are even eligible to file. I know these people and the situation is grossly unfair.

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 16, 2009

    But just hold on 10.8% unemployed - Obama care is on the way just for you. Then we'll add another 10.8% when small busines goes under from the penalties and taxes of trying to care for their employees.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 16, 2009

    Ah yes let us keep expanding Government. Makes perfect sense. Course once all the jobs are Government guess we will have to hope we keep those paychecks coming in from China.

  • GWALLY Oct 16, 2009

    "under my plan (and.....using YOUR money to bail out everyone in the world but YOU) unemployment will be kept under 8%"...words of "wisdom" from the news media's magic anointed one !!!!

  • ginaosbo Oct 16, 2009

    "Under my plan, unemployment will not exceed 8%" A very telling statement!

  • fatcat11 Oct 16, 2009

    All the jobs created were non-productive...sad..

  • dogeatdog Oct 16, 2009

    Scary that a lot of those new jobs are government jobs

  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 16, 2009

    Unemployment is "only 10.8%"...uuuhhhh, right. And the moon is made of green cheese, and the world is flat, AND if I put a hat and sunglasses on my cat he could probably drive a car...TOONCES!,LOOK OUT! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!