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N.C. jobless rate drops slightly to match national average

Posted November 19, 2010

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— Unemployment figures from the sate Friday showed the October unemployment rate for the state declined 0.1 percentage point, to 9.6 percent, putting North Carolina even with the national average for joblessness.

A year ago, the state's unemployment stood at 10.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted figures showed that 427,091 people were looking for work last month, compared with 433,973 in September and 492,940 in October 2009.

The Employment Security Commission said the number of people working was down slightly, but the number of people officially listed as unemployed was down more. Unemployment calculations are adjusted for normal seasonal fluctuations that happen in any year. They do not capture how many people may have given up looking for work and have dropped out of the work force.

The number of people employed decreased over the month by 0.1 percent to 4,041,400, while the number of people unemployed fell 1.6 percent to 427,091, the ESC reported.

Since October 2009, the number of people unemployed has decreased by 65,849 and the number of workers employed has gone up 12,887.

During October, the report said, 65,225 people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time as they became jobless.

"While the October data reflected a slight decline in the unemployment rate, the total industry employment was flat,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “However, North Carolina’s economy has added over 15,000 jobs since December 2009. The largest amount of this job growth has been in the professional and business services sector.”

Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, remained at 3,901,700 in October, the ESC said.

The largest month-over-month employment increase occurred in Education & Health Services (+4,000). The largest decrease was in Leisure & Hospitality (-4,000). Since October 2009, nonfarm employment has increased by 9,100 jobs, the state said.

The number of people employed (seasonally adjusted) decreased by 5,270 workers to 4,041,4000 in October.

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  • rob2lw2 Nov 19, 2010

    I quit looking and believing in these unemployment figures a long time ago. In a 60 mile radius of my home, according to the unemployment numbers by counties 252 thousand people are unemployed this doesn't count the ones that have already exhausted there benefits. So where are these people (me included) to find jobs any jobs. There are none. And without benefits for these people the rest that are employed will soon be unemployed as well with only 26wks of benefits. Instead of putting the unemployed down or the extention of benefits down you need to stop and think how will this effect you down the road in terms of your job.

  • onlymy2cents Nov 19, 2010

    O has already created more jobs in his short time on office than GWB did in all 8 yrs.mtnmama

    Please provide the data to support your statement.

  • onlymy2cents Nov 19, 2010

    And just yesterday Republicans blocked renewing unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans. Thats 2 million Americans who will not be spending money and therefore no longer boosting the economy. That translates to hundreds of thousands of jobs possibly lost as a result of playing politics...party of no at work.Bill Brasky

    Yes it was blocked, but why Bill? Could it be the Repubs. want to know where the funds are coming from first instead of adding to the national debt???....now you are spinning it like the media.

  • mtnmama Nov 19, 2010

    strange, the unemployment chart shows that unemployment spiked after Obama took office. I thought this was supposed to be all Bush' fault?The rates of unemploymentwhen he was in office for 8 years was lower than it is now.-sdfgh ths

    THis was the hangover effect of Bush's admin. You DO realize that, don't you? O has already created more jobs in his short time on office than GWB did in all 8 yrs. O 1st had to stop the bleed that has been happening for 8 yrs. That kind of damage isn't fixed overnight. We are just now starting to see things turn around, but impatient voters have squashed that progress & opted to return to the same absurdity that lead to this in the 1st place. The future is NOT bright except for the very wealthy, who will continue to get rich while the rest of us suffer. Tax cuts for the wealthy, kill Unemployment assistance, & NO job creation. Thanks voters.

  • EZeegoing Nov 19, 2010

    Ok Mr. Bill Brasky, what is your solution ? Continue to borrow money this country does not have ? Increase the debt limit for 3 more months in hopes that some magic happens to create jobs? At what point does the government let the people determine their won fate ?

  • JustAName Nov 19, 2010

    "Americans who will not be spending money and therefore no longer boosting the economy."

    Unless they decide to take jobs instead of handouts or create a business instead of waiting for an opportunity.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 19, 2010

    And just yesterday Republicans blocked renewing unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans. Thats 2 million Americans who will not be spending money and therefore no longer boosting the economy. That translates to hundreds of thousands of jobs possibly lost as a result of playing politics...party of no at work.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 19, 2010

    "Care to provide proof of how there were any jobs blocked by the Republicans?"

    Republicans attempted to block the Small Business Bill.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 19, 2010

    sdfgh ths says "strange, the unemployment chart shows that unemployment spiked after Obama took office. I thought this was supposed to be all Bush' fault?"

    Not sure what chart you're looking at, clearly the chart shows it spiking under Bush and Obama curving the unemployment after his first 4 months. We went from losing 800k jobs a month under Bush to postive job growth in the last few months. Lets hope the pace picks up, the trend seems to point that way.

    UNCG4Heels says "Welcome to seasonal hiring. It won't last long."

    Third paragraph.

  • NCPictures Nov 19, 2010

    "Blocked by the party of no... I mean republican party." --kenshi

    Care to provide proof of how there were any jobs blocked by the Republicans?

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