7,500 find jobs in Triangle in October but jobless rate remains 8.4%

Posted December 1, 2009

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— Unemployment remained virtually unchanged in the Triangle although the number of people working did increase some 7,500 from September, the N.C. Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

The jobless rate was 8.4 percent, the same as in the previous month. In August, the rate was 8.6 percent.

Nearly 800,000 out of a workforce numbering more than 873,000 were working while the number of people seeking work increased by more than 400 to 73,502.

Statewide, unemployment is at 11 percent.

Unemployment remained flat in Fayetteville at 9 percent and in Goldsboro at 8.8 percent.

Rocky Mount’s unemployment increased to 13.7 percent, up two tenths of a percentage point.

In Raleigh-Cary, the number of people working increased by 3,900. Most of the new hires were in government (1,900). The professional and business services sector added 1,700 jobs while trade, transportation and utilities added 1,000.

Offsetting the good news was the loss of 1,000 jobs in construction, mining and natural resources.

Durham-Chapel Hill reported no net increase in jobs. An increase of 1,000 government jobs was offset by the loss of 400 manufacturing plus 600 professional and other services positions.

Jobless rates in the state’s major metropolitan areas for October:

• Asheville — 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent in September.
• Burlington — 11.8 percent, no change.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC — 12 percent, up from 11.8 percent.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent.
• Fayetteville — 9.0 percent, no change.
• Goldsboro — 8.8 percent, no change.
• Greensboro-High Point — 11.3 percent, up from 11.1 percent.
• Greenville — 10 percent, no change.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 14.5 percent, up from 14.1 percent.
• Jacksonville — 8.0 percent, down from 8.3 percent.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.6 percent, no change.
• Rocky Mount — 13.7 percent, up from 13.5 percent.
• Wilmington — 9.8 percent, up from 9.7 percent.
• Winston-Salem — 9.8 percent, no change.


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  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Dec 2, 2009

    "Government needs to be laying people off, not hiring more"

    Yes, that's exactly what we need, more people unemployed, thereby generating less in income tax revenues and putting the government in an even deeper hole, leading to more layoffs...

  • Leonardo Dec 1, 2009

    "Government needs to be laying people off, not hiring more"

    Maybe in Bizarro World, but we're living in the REAL world here (well...most of us are). Pure capitalism naturally produces booms and busts. It's not caused by Democrats or Republicans. Government can be useful to level out the ups and downs by hiring when the private sector is laying off, and trimming down when the private sector is hiring. (yea yea...I know...the government has a hard time trimming down...but that doesn't negate the fact that hiring during down times can be a good thing). Don't let your anti-everything-government beliefs cloud your judgment.

  • TheAdmiral Dec 1, 2009

    The important thing to remember here is that in January, those 7,500 jobs are going to be gone.

  • whatusay Dec 1, 2009

    Notice that government jobs out number private sector jobs. That is never a good picture since it puts a strain of private sector tax payers to pay their wages. Government needs to be laying people off, not hiring more, especially in this economic castrophe created by the democrats with their tax and spend policies. And don't tell me things would be worse if Obama had not spent the trillion. That just put us in the hole deeper.

  • Lyle Dec 1, 2009

    I don't see any of your comments proven true by the story, RB. Government, Utilities, etc. are not "holiday help".


  • Adelinthe Dec 1, 2009

    That's not surprising. It's holiday help, not jobs in their own fields that they got laid off from.

    In 27 days, they'll all be laid off again.


    God bless.