Unemployment increases slightly in Wake County

Posted January 29, 2010

— Unemployment increased slightly in Wake County but declined a bit in Durham and Orange Counties, new data from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission shows.

In Wake, the jobless rate increased to 8.4 percent, but that's still below the record of 8.8 percent set last June and July. The rate was 8.3 percent in November.

In Durham County, the rate dipped slightly to 7.9 percent from 8 percent in November. The record of 8.4 percent unemployment was reached last August.

In Orange County, the jobless rate fell slightly to 6.2 percent in December from 6.3 percent in November. The previous worst rate was 6.8 percent recorded last August.

Statewide unemployment, reported last week, reached a record high of 11.2 percent. The rate records are based on the way records have been kept since 1976.

Across the state, joblessness increased in all 14 of the largest metropolitan areas. The breakdown:

  • Asheville — 8.8 percent, up from 8.6 percent in November
  • Burlington — 12.1 percent, up from 11.8 percent
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC — 12.1 percent, up from 11.9 percent
  • Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.7 percent, up from 7.6 percent
  • Fayetteville — 9.3 percent, up from 9.1 percent
  • Goldsboro — 9.2 percent, up from 9.0 percent
  • Greensboro-High Point — 11.4 percent, up from 11.2 percent
  • Greenville — 10.1 percent, up from 9.9 percent
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 14.8 percent, up from 14.4 percent
  • Jacksonville — 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent
  • Raleigh-Cary — 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent
  • Rocky Mount — 13.9 percent, up from 13.5 percent
  • Wilmington — 10.6 percent, up from 10.2 percent
  • Winston-Salem — 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent

County rates in the WRAL viewing area in December with November rate in parenthesis:

  • Person, 10.8 (10.7)
  • Granville, 10.6 (10.5)
  • Vance, 14.1 (13.5)
  • Warren, 13 (12.8)
  • Halifax 13.8 (13.6)
  • Edgecombe, 16.7 (16.6)
  • Nash, 12.4 (12)
  • Franklin, 10.3 (10.2)
  • Chatham, 7.9 (7.5)
  • Lee, 14.6 (13.6)
  • Harnett, 11.4 (11.1)
  • Johnston, 9.8 (9.6)
  • Wilson, 12.5 (12.1)
  • Wayne, 9.2 (9)
  • Sampson, 9 (8.5)
  • Cumberland, 9.4 (9.2)
  • Hoke, 8.4 (8.5)
  • Moore, 10 (9.8)

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  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 29, 2010

    go to raleigh someday and drive around in the business district. pick out the people who you think are not working, walking around with no direction in mind, no where to go. now, go offer three of these people jobs and let me know what kind of response you get.

  • diwanicki Jan 29, 2010

    These numbers do not include those that used up all their time.

  • Barrackawack Jan 29, 2010

    Companies are laying off so they can get new hires with no benefits or vacation. They use the temp agencies for this tactic. When the government starts fining these companies for not hiring back long term employees things may eventually improve. They should be made to hire back everyone at their original pay level they laid off when the economy does pick up or have to pay back every cent of their unemployment.

  • Eduardo1 Jan 29, 2010

    His Czarship, must be double jointed to pat himself on the back so much. So this short term GDP is up slightly. this is because product has run out from stock. Lets see if this number stays that high. Unemployment in NC record high 11.3% (still looking) probably when you factor the non-lookers we are probably at 17-18% same as the national figure. 1 out 0f 7 American out of work ALL 10 indicators on our site were down as of 3:34pm today. But the spinmasters are doing their best to tell us how good things are and GETTING BETTER! just voted to increase the deficit by 1.2 trillion BUCKS. We currently OWE over 12 trillion bucks. This is right off of the DEPT clock in NYC Are you still feeling good about CHANGE. Do you still have any CHANGE in your: pocket, pocketbook, bank account

  • MitziGaynor Jan 29, 2010

    hmmm now who pays when the government extends the unemployment...the people that are lucky enough to still be employed. Eventually I guess Obama's dream will com true, we will all be equal in his majesty's eyes. We will all be poor and dependent on his oneness.

  • MitziGaynor Jan 29, 2010

    Handsome-ridge-road-jogger: just to clarify...Obama never gave a tax cut, what he did is allow you more of your income. You are still going to pay the same amount of tax, it's just you will either get a smaller refund or owe the government. And my friends 2 married with children each got their taxes done...received less money back than they did last year...nothing in their lives, income, dependents...just had to pay more. So I guess it is true, the poor and lower middle class are getting poorer. I know I am.

  • time4real Jan 29, 2010

    when does my unemployment check arrive again?

  • EyesintheSkies Jan 29, 2010

    "The Obama Administration plan is working so all you republicans who are still arguing that his is not an American focus on the real news. The economy is turning around!"
    from another article, but relevant.
    Unemployment is still rising. People out of work could give a hoot about the GDP. They need jobs.

  • Weaker Pelosi Jan 29, 2010

    I get paid once a month and just realized the fed govt just cut my tax cut.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Jan 29, 2010

    Companies do not like the unknown so they are not hiring. Jobs are out there but the companies will not hire.