More government jobs drive down Triangle unemployment

Posted October 29, 2010

— Unemployment in the Research Triangle Park metropolitan area declined to 7.5 percent in September from 8 percent in August, the state’s Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

Across North Carolina, the jobless rate fell in 97 of 100 counties.

The state’s overall unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent from 9.7 percent in August, but the September rate is not seasonally adjusted, which economists generally consider a more reliable measure.

Nearly 800,000 of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill labor force numbering more than 864,000 were working, the ESC said.

Separately, the ESC said the jobless rate in Raleigh-Cary fell to 7.7 percent from 8.2 percent the previous month.

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Some 500 more people were working in September than August due primarily to an increase of 2,000 government jobs. However, 1,000 jobs were lost in the leisure and hospitality sector.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, the jobless rate declined to 6.7 percent from 7.3 percent in September.

Some 2,200 more people were working in September than the previous month. A jump of 2,300 government jobs offset a series of declines in other sectors, including a loss of 300 construction jobs.

Statewide, the jobless rate also fellow in all the major metropolitan areas.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for September:

  • Asheville — 7.5 percent, down from 8 percent in August.
  • Burlington — 9.9 percent, down from 10.6 percent.
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.4 percent, down from 11.1 percent.
  • Durham-Chapel Hill — 6.7 percent, down from 7.3 percent.
  • Fayetteville — 8.5 percent, down from 9.1 percent.
  • Goldsboro — 7.9 percent, down from 8.3 percent.
  • Greensboro-High Point — 9.8 percent, down from 10.4 percent.
  • Greenville — 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 11.7 percent, down from 12.5 percent.
  • Jacksonville — 7.4 percent, down from 7.8 percent
  • Raleigh-Cary — 7.7 percent, down from 8.2 percent.
  • Rocky Mount — 11.8 percent, down from 12.7 percent..
  • Wilmington — 8.9 percent, down from 9.3 percent.
  • Winston-Salem — 8.7 percent, down from 9.3 percent.


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  • wildervb Oct 29, 2010

    One more thing babedan, Taxes for the wealthy were substancially cut in 2001 and 2003. Where are the JOBS? Those tax cuts are still in place, Why no JOB creation?

    The FACTS are there to see, yet you're blinded by idealogy.

  • wildervb Oct 29, 2010


    Please take some time and actually do some research on economic growth and the top tax rates.

    In a nutshell, we had higher tax rates in the 50s and better growth than we had in the last ten years.
    Higher economic growth in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and all of those decades saw better economic growth than we've seen in the last 10 years with the Bush tax cuts in place.

    Somehow, the Rich were able to hire people and expand business with higher tax rates than we had now. We also had a more prosperous middle class.

    These are FACTS, not just my opinion, or the opinion of some Talk News commentator. You can't argue FACTS.

    If you want to find places in the world where you have the two class system. The very wealthy and the poor masses. Almost all of those places are third world countries with low taxes, or no taxes for the wealthy. Haiti is a good example, the wealthy pay almost nothing. The country has none of the pillars of support needed for growth.

  • babedan Oct 29, 2010

    wildervb, the idea that you tax the rich so much really doesn't work either. In fact it destroys the country, because they pass those taxes down to the middle class and soon you only have a two class system, the rich and the poor. In other words you have a socialist republic. But then those with the ideas that someone has more than they do and should pay through their nose because they have it, can't grasp that. There has never been a tax hike that has helped the middle class period. The only way to get an economy going is by evening out the taxes on all people. Lower the taxes on the rich and they creat jobs, as they have more capital. Raise their taxes and they lay off people and pass that tax on to the consumer. The rich don't take pay cuts, they lay off people and pass on the excess to maintain. Get it!!!!

  • wildervb Oct 29, 2010

    "I don't care what party you believe in. NOTHING is EVER going to change as long those in power keep getting richer and we keep getting poorer."

    I believe you are correct Hellcat. But policy does affect what happens in the economy.

    The trend towards the wealthy getting richer while the middle class stagnates started around 1980. By 2008 the gap reached its highest level since 1929. The lesson should be obvious. Overall economic growth is not helped when wealth accumulates at the top. That trickle down doesn't work. The lesson should be obvious, yet we have tea partiers who seem to want to push the very policies that accelerate the accumulation of wealth to the top 2%.

  • babedan Oct 29, 2010

    I wonder if they are starting to count people who receive unemployeement checks as Government Employees. LOL

  • u stand corrected Oct 29, 2010

    I don't care what party you believe in. NOTHING is EVER going to change as long those in power keep getting richer and we keep getting poorer. Do you think that they really care about the little American? It is all a bunch of mud slinging to keep Americans at odds with each other and not attacking the problem, the government period.

  • Bill Brasky Oct 29, 2010

    "Socialists are still trying to get toll roads started in NC!"

    That has to be the funniest quote I ever is a toll road socialist? It's quite the opposite.

  • wildervb Oct 29, 2010

    "Our state did not have this problem untill Purdue took over!"

    Duh! Perdue took over just after the economy crashed. Virtually every state is struggling with debt because of the economic downturn. When the economy returns to growth and profits deficits drop, many states will have surpluses. How do I know this? It happens every time there's a recession and every time there is a recovery.

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 29, 2010

    USA Today reports NC leads the country in Government jobs added!!!
    We're number 1 !!! Wear that saddle working men and women.

  • WXYZ Oct 29, 2010

    Wow! What a bunch of propaganda! Who do they think they are fooling? This is NOT good news! Government is STILL growing---and the private sector is shrinking. Easley + Perdue + Rubber Stamp Socialist Legislature increased NC's annual budget from $10.5 to $21.5 Billion in EIGHT (yes, "8") years--why? Because, thanks to a robust private sector, there was a BUDGET SURPLUS 7 of the 8 years of their 2 terms. What did they do? They spent or kept ALL of the surplus money they took; they RAISED the NC "budget" EVERY year; they raised taxes and fees and created new taxes and fees..EVERY year in office! The result: Easley announced that the private sector had more jobs in service than production and the State Government became the largest employer in the state. Easley's Legislature used trickery to pass a lottery and the Socialists are still trying to get toll roads started in NC! These people must be voted out! Stop the Socialist spending train NOW or we'll never recover!