N.C. unemployment rate drops again

Posted May 21, 2010

— The statewide unemployment rate dropped for a second straight month in April, to 10.8 percent, the Employment Security Commission said Friday.

In March, the jobless rate across North Carolina inched downward from the all-time high of 11.2 percent to 11.1 percent.

The April rate is the lowest the state has seen since unemployment was at 10.7 percent in April 2009.

“There is some good news in the April data,” ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes said in a statement. “North Carolina gained jobs for the second consecutive month. However, we have seen some variation in the sectors experiencing the growth. While overall job growth is up and the unemployment rate is slightly lower, we still face challenges in this tough economy.”

Seasonally adjusted, total non-farm industry employment increased by 7,500 jobs in April, to 3,902,000. Over the past year, however, the state has lost 33,600 non-farm jobs.

The largest gains in April occurred in professional and business services, which added 6,300 jobs, and government, which added 6,000. The largest decreases were in leisure and hospitality and trade, transportation and utilities, which each lost 3,100 jobs.


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  • lovelarvae May 21, 2010

    "Check out Bush yaers vs. Obama. Not quite a victory for BO after all. His rate started at 9.3 and rose to 9.9 so far."

    -You're talking unemployment rate, I'm talking number of jobs lost/created.

    "The stimulus didn't work."

    -The stimulus was at least partially, some would say substantially, responsible for reversing the trend of increasing job losses as Bush was leaving office. Again, see here:

    "TARP didn't work"

    The "Troubled Asset Relief Fund" was done under Bush/Paulson, and they even lied about that saying the money was to be used to buy up the toxic assets, then they got the money from congress and just gave it to Wall Street like candy.

    "Obamas first year is the biggest failure in US presidential history."

    -Again, see here:

  • melszewczyk May 21, 2010

    Do these numbers include the workers that still do not have a job and their Unemployment has ran out?If not the numbers can not be correct.......

  • prn13norm May 21, 2010

    1. Follow the Constitution
    2. Secure the Borders and get rid of all illegals
    3. Lower taxes on business and industry
    4. Cut off all welfare
    5. Enforce the laws that are already on the books

  • TheBigLC May 21, 2010

    lovelarvae, how bout these stats from the BLS not biased publisher.

    Check out Bush yaers vs. Obama. Not quite a victory for BO after all. His rate started at 9.3 and rose to 9.9 so far. The stimulus didn't work. TARP didn't work Fanni and Freddie bail out didn't owrk. Obamas first year is the biggest failure in US presidential history.

  • whatelseisnew May 21, 2010

    Every job the Government adds is like a knife in our hearts.

  • Raleigh Boys May 21, 2010

    But But But, did you see the other story on WRAL that indicates a bunch of Durham teachers are going bye bye? That is one of many stories you will read about this summer. Layoffs galore this summer folks.

  • lovelarvae May 21, 2010

    Just look at the trend over Bush's last year vs. Obama's first.

    CHART OF THE DAY: It's Official: Obama Is Creaming Bush When It Comes To Jobs

    Jobless rate may rise as many are drawn back to labor force

  • afwmeek0721 May 21, 2010

    Thanks wildcat. I'm glad to see someone could see what I was saying without trying to start an argument! :)

  • wildcat May 21, 2010

    May 21, 2010 4:03 p.m.
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    You comment was great and to the point.

  • wildcat May 21, 2010

    I agree with wildcat as well.

    Thanks, I appreciate that. We do need jobs.