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Unemployment drops across N.C.

Posted April 23, 2010

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— The unemployment rate dropped in all 100 North Carolina counties in March, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission.

“News that all North Carolina counties experienced a decrease in the local unemployment rate is certainly welcome, but we still have challenges ahead of us,” ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said in a statement. “The ESC is focusing even more resources to help our unemployed customers get back into jobs.”

David Clegg, vice chairman of the state Employment Security Commission Web only: Drop in jobless rate unprecedented

ESC spokesman Larry Parker said the state saw unemployment rates drop in 99 counties in March and April 2006, but officials haven't yet found another month when the rate dropped in all 100 counties.

Parker cautioned that the county rates aren't seasonally adjusted, and seasonal effects could cause some fluctuations, so it's better to look at county data over several months as a trend instead of month-to-month changes.

Thirty-nine counties were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.9 percent in March, although 87 counties still have double-digit rates.

In Wake County, the jobless rate dropped from 9.2 percent in February to 8.6 percent. Durham County's rate fell from 8.5 percent to 8 percent, while Orange County, which continues to have the state's lowest unemployment rate, dropped from 6.9 percent to 6.4 percent.

The number of workers employed increased in March by 66,804, to 4,058,349, while the number of unemployed decreased by 38,401, to 496,734 workers.

March unemployment rates for metro areas statewide are as follows:

Asheville – 9.4 percent, down from 10.2 percent in February

Burlington – 12.1 percent, down from 13.2 percent

Charlotte-Gastonia – 11.9 percent, down from 12.8 percent

Durham-Chapel Hill – 7.8 percent, down from 8.4 percent

Fayetteville – 9.1 percent, down from 9.7 percent

Goldsboro – 9.2 percent, down from 9.9 percent

Greensboro-High Point – 11.5 percent, down from 12.4 percent

Greenville – 10.3 percent, down from 10.7 percent

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton – 14.5 percent, down from 15.8 percent

Jacksonville – 8 percent, down from 8.6 percent

Raleigh-Cary – 8.9 percent, down from 9.6 percent

Rocky Mount – 13.5 percent, down from 14.7 percent

Wilmington – 10.5 percent, down from 11.6 percent

Winston-Salem – 10.1 percent, down from 11.1 percent

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  • Eduardo1 Apr 23, 2010

    they keep on spinng stories how much better things are. Tell it to the over 15,000,000 unemployed

  • Adelinthe Apr 23, 2010

    I don't believe this for the simple reason that this is the second time this has been reported this week - and the figures only come out once weekly.

    Someone's spinning, and it ain't yarn.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Adelinthe Apr 23, 2010

    Plenty Coups - "Go to the Bureau of Labor website to find out how they actually calculate unemployment numbers."

    That's true, but it's ignorant of them to do it that way when they can simply count the number of benefits going out each week.

    It's a scam to do it otherwise.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Plenty Coups Apr 23, 2010

    "but as "The Curmudgeon" pointed out, once you exhaust your unemployment benefits you are no longer counted. "

    Total myth. Go to the Bureau of Labor website to find out how they actually calculate unemployment numbers. Your comments consistently show a desire for bad news, apparently because your ideology can't allow for good news when the other sides in power. Try to be intellectually honest.

  • butler240 Apr 23, 2010

    Probably Census employees. They will be back.

  • wildcat Apr 23, 2010

    And yet, nearly a HALF MILLION counted folks in NC are still unemployed... that cant be good.

    I agree and wonder where on earth they are getting these figures when so many people are still out of work because of layoffs.

  • wildcat Apr 23, 2010

    I am still unemployed and continue to put in applications all over, and still cannot get a job. I cannot get a simple interview. So I cannot believe the job situation is good until I see me and other unemploy back on a job.

  • mep Apr 23, 2010

    Maybe this is good news... but as "The Curmudgeon" pointed out, once you exhaust your unemployment benefits you are no longer counted. If you are no longer searching for work, or otherwise too busy to work, you are not counted. And yet, nearly a HALF MILLION counted folks in NC are still unemployed... that cant be good.

  • NCSU2311 Apr 23, 2010

    My job laid off 5 out of 30 in January of 2009. They are all employed now and one guy has changed jobs 4 times. HE TOOK WHAT HE COULD GET UNTIL HE CouLD FIND SOMETHING BETTER!!!! And he voted Obama. Only rightwingers complain government cant put them to work. Its so odd.

  • wayneboyd Apr 23, 2010

    I seriously don't think anyone in his/her right mind would ever put any confidence in a government that sent millions of jobs overseas ever creating one. Why would they, they sent them offshore so you wouldn't have one. In a very short time, the free money's going to halt, and to eat you will do exactly what youare told.
    Can anyone produce for me a figure on how many state workers are receiving unemployment benefits????

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