Triangle unemployment rate remains 8.4% in November

Posted January 5, 2010

— Unemployment in the Triangle is stuck on 8.4 percent.

According to new figures from the N.C. Employment Security Commission on Tuesday, the jobless rate in Raleigh-Cary-Durham-Chapel Hill was 8.4 percent in November. That percentage is unchanged from September and October. In August, the rate was slightly higher at 8.6 percent.

Even though the jobless rate was unchanged, the number of people working fell by almost 2,000 to 797,980. The number of people out of work and seeking employment also fell slightly by nearly 200 to 73,316, the ESC said.

Statewide, joblessness increased in 60 of 100 counties and fell in 31 others with an overall unemployment rate of 10.7 percent.

The Raleigh-Cary metro area did add 1,100 jobs in November, most of which came in education and health services (1,000) and trade, transportation and utilities (300). Offsetting the gains were the losses of 700 manufacturing, professional and business services and mining and construction jobs.

Durham-Chapel Hill lost a net 400 jobs, most of those occurring in leisure and hospitality (300).

Unemployment in Fayetteville grew to 9.1 percent (9 percent in October) and Goldsboro to 9 percent (8.7 percent in October) but remain unchanged in Rocky Mount at 13.6 percent.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for November were:

• Asheville — 8.6 percent, up from 8.5 percent in October.
• Burlington — 11.9 percent, up from 11.8 percent.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord N.C.-S.C. — 11.8 percent, down from 12 percent.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.6 percent, no change.
• Fayetteville — 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent.
• Goldsboro — 9 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
• Greensboro-High Point — 11.2 percent, down from 11.3 percent.
• Greenville — 9.9 percent, no change.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 14.4 percent, down from 14.5 percent.
• Jacksonville — 8.2 percent, up from 8.0 percent.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.6 percent, no change.
• Rocky Mount — 13.6 percent, no change.
• Wilmington — 10.2 percent, up from 9.8 percent.
• Winston-Salem — 9.8 percent, no change.


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  • Bill Brasky Jan 5, 2010

    "dems HAVE passed SEVERAL bills that they said would control unemployment, and none have worked, and will not work."

    Did you read the headline? Did you think jobs would just appear out of nowhere? In the past few months there has been a gradual improvement with employment. No longer are we losing ten of thousands of jobs a month, which was happening a few months ago. We are now breaking even, and many companies are bringing there operation centers here to NC. I certainly hope you aren't putting politics before the country.

    The economy isn't just going to turnaround on a dime, even the economists have said this. But hey, sounds like you know more then them.

  • 6079 SMITH W Jan 5, 2010

    Itz all dem dern dems fawlt, dernit!

  • smarterthanyou2 Jan 5, 2010

    The government isn't just taking from people to give to the other. That's some of that fun Bortz, Beck, and Rush kool aid you're drinking. Oh sure, they're going to have to tax down the road to pay for the debt, but lately they've just been printing money to support the economy. It probably won't work either, but lets at least get our facts straight.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jan 5, 2010

    Bill Brasky....the dems HAVE passed SEVERAL bills that they said would control unemployment, and none have worked, and will not work. You can't take money from one person, give it to another person and expect economic growth, and that's all the government can do. they don't PRODUCE anything. So the Stimulus bill didn't work, the Cap and Trade bill will hurt, the Healthcare "reform" will hurt, the omnibus bill isn't going to do anything, and now they're talking about another "stimulus" AIN'T gonna work. So everyone, enjoy this change you voted for! It's here for a long time.

  • amorrow Jan 5, 2010

    I can't believe intellgent Americans still fall for the Government backed media bull that has been fed to us. "Recovering Economy, Recession is over, Home Sales up, Unemployment down." They drill it enough and eventually we chew it up, swallow it and repeat it to ourselves and others until we are all convinced it's "The Truth". It is their truth: Democrats, Republicans your allegiance to one or the other doesn't matter Both of them are equal opportunity liars, cheaters and theives. Somehow they have convinced us they are doing everything possible to fix the economy in the "Peoples Favor." We need to wake up. Don't drink the kool-aid people it's toxic. They are dumbing us down!!

  • Bill Brasky Jan 5, 2010


    Maybe I should be more clear, what bills did the democratic controlled congress pass that caused the economic meltdown?

    It seems that aetiii wants to try to connect the economic meltdown with the Democrats getting a majority in congress in 2006. Not gonna happen, and I'm middle of the road.

  • roger3746 Jan 5, 2010

    Bill Brasky... I do hope that you know that Bills, when signed, are Law. The Stimulus Bill was created to affect our economy.

    I would like to mention that my earlier post was not politically motivated and should not have been taken as such.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 5, 2010

    "Most Americans are not smart enough to figure out that congress are the ones that really have an effect on the economy."

    So what laws did the Democrat congress pass that effected the economy??...really I want to hear it!

  • aetiii Jan 5, 2010

    I have to agree. Abuse by the Democratic Congress has taken this country into the toliet. Now they get to give a great big flush to the US citizens with a Deocratic Prez.

    Most Americans are not smart enough to figure out that congress are the ones that really have an effect on the economy.

  • G-man Jan 5, 2010

    Not sure where some of you get your info from but the economy did pretty good during the first six years of the previous administration. Then the demo's took over.