Triangle unemployment rate falls slightly to 8 percent

Posted June 25, 2010

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— Unemployment in the Research Triangle metropolitan area dipped slightly to 8 percent in May, the state’s Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

When the rate is seasonably adjusted for predictable patterns, the jobless rate fell to 7.7 percent in May from 8.3 percent in April, according to East Carolina University Economist James Kleckley.

The jobless rate in April was 8.1 percent.

Statewide, unemployment fell in 86 of 100 counties, the ESC reported.

The North Carolina jobless rate is 9.9 percent.

“A majority of North Carolina’s counties experienced a decline in their unemployment rates,” said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes in a statement. “Some counties benefited from seasonal hiring, which is typical this time of the year. We continued to experience industry growth within our metropolitan statistical areas. In May, 11 of the state’s 14 metros had an increase in job growth.”

Unemployment rates in those 14 areas for May were:

• Asheville — 8.2 percent, down from 8.6 percent in April.
• Burlington — 10.9 percent, down from 11.1 percent.
• Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.9 percent, down from 11.2 percent.
• Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.3 percent, no change.
• Fayetteville — 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent.
• Goldsboro — 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent.
• Greensboro-High Point — 10.6 percent, down from 10.8 percent.
• Greenville — 9.7 percent, no change.
• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 13 percent, down from 13.4 percent.
• Jacksonville — 7.5 percent, no change.
• Raleigh-Cary — 8.2 percent, down from 8.4 percent.
• Rocky Mount — 12.9 percent, down from 13.1 percent..
• Wilmington — 9.4 percent, down from 9.8 percent.
• Winston-Salem — 9.4 percent, down from 9.5 percent.

As of March, the unemployed in North Carolina could be eligible for up to 53 weeks of benefits. An average of 20,000 people per week could lose their unemployment benefits each week if Congress declines to approve an extension of those funds, Larry Parker of the ESC said.

Metro unemployment rate jumps Benefits expiration hits 20,000 per week

Senate Republicans quashed a bill that would provide that extension earlier this week in response to constituents who asked them not to increase the national debt.

Democrats hope that political pressure from voters outraged about the cutoff of jobless benefits averaging $300 a week and from business groups seeking renewal of longstanding tax breaks might eventually revive the bill.


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  • rob2lw2 Jun 25, 2010

    i get so tired of people saying that the unemployed are not looking for jobs... trade with us if you have a job..see if you can make it on unemployment.. NOT..see how many resume you send out many interviews..or simply how many people apply for the same job... hope sincerly that noeone( the one's that put the unemployed down) has to go through all the emotions that the unemployed have to face daily

  • dogman1973 Jun 25, 2010

    I wouldn't believe these numbers....most have exhausted their regular benefits, and now are waiting for Congress to replenish the benefit pot. Once they do this, the numbers will be back up! Mark my words!

  • A Libertarian Jun 25, 2010

    Bill - coming froma far left socialist type - Thanks for the compliment!

  • Faceman Jun 25, 2010

    $30.000 for a toilet seat..hey if it can raise me up and wipe my buy it too.

  • Bill Brasky Jun 25, 2010


    I think Johnnyplusthree is confused! Have a great weekend.

  • Faceman Jun 25, 2010

    I think this whole Country just needs to RESTART..and drop prices on everything..then gradually increase..prices on everything are high..nobody is buying..and banks are being tough on home loans..and they wonder why people are not buying homes..Car buying is somewhat getting easy..they dropped in pricess..I know raising taxes will not help..the Government should look into its own..knowing they have a bunch of useless programs that us taxpayers are paying for..

  • picsatexhibition Jun 25, 2010

    Johnny, I said I do not agree with bailing out banks or any other private company for that matter.

  • A Libertarian Jun 25, 2010

    picsatexhibition - we no doubt see the world in similiar view, but to say the mess was the big banks faults and we had to bail them is just incorrect and typical far left talking points. The only reason banks was loaned money was the capital requirements was raised. They did not need the money. The problem was poeple borrowing over their head and backed by freddie and fannie. Since they give tax payer money to the dems, they will continue to do so draining the tax payer and blaming the big banks.

  • A Libertarian Jun 25, 2010

    There are economic ups and downs and hard for any president to cotrol such. But the problem is a government making it so much worse by creating huge deficits. I agree the 300Billion deficits under bush was wrong, but to go to 1.5 trillion as far as the eye can see is unbeleiveable.
    The solution is simple, balance the budget, trim taxes and this econmey will boom, but that is opposite from what the current socilaist government beleives in

  • picsatexhibition Jun 25, 2010


    I am in no way left of center. Perhaps you should re-read what I am writing. I would say we were on the same team, but I would hope people on my team could read and comprehend comments on a golo board.