Triangle unemployment jumps in November

Posted January 4, 2011

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— The unemployment rate across the Research Triangle Park metro area jumped to 7.9 percent in November, up a half percentage point from October.

Data released Tuesday by the N.C. Employment Security Commission shows that the jobless rate in Raleigh-Cary was 8.1 percent in November, compared with 7.6 percent in October. The capital area shed a net 100 jobs.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, unemployment increased slightly less, from 6.7 to 7.1 percent. The metro area added 1,000 jobs, with employment growing in education and health by 500; trade, transportation and utilities by 400; and government by 300.

Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent.

Across North Carolina, joblessness increased in all 14 metro areas and in 99 of 100 counties. The statewide unemployment rate climbed to 9.9 percent from 9.1 percent the previous month.

The data is not seasonally adjusted, which is considered by economists to be a more accurate barometer of the economy.

Employment fell by 40,716 to just over 4 million while unemployment rose to 441,023, an increase of 29,004. People who have stopped looking for work and are not receiving unemployment benefits are not counted among the work force.

The jobless figures by metro areas:

  • Asheville — 8.1 percent, up from 7.5 percent in October.
  • Burlington — 10.4 percent, up from 9.8 percent.
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.8 percent, up from 10.2 percent.
  • Durham-Chapel Hill — 7.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent.
  • Fayetteville — 9.2 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
  • Goldsboro — 8.5 percent, up from 7.9 percent.
  • Greensboro-High Point — 10.5 percent, up from 9.7 percent.
  • Greenville — 9.6 percent, up from 9.1 percent.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 12.6 percent, up from 11.8 percent.
  • Jacksonville — 7.9 percent, up from 7.4 percent
  • Raleigh-Cary — 8.1 percent, up from 7.6 percent.
  • Rocky Mount — 12.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent.
  • Wilmington — 9.9 percent, up from 9 percent.
  • Winston-Salem — 9.3 percent, up from 8.7 percent.

A year ago, North Carolina's not-seasonally adjusted rate was 10.6 percent.


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  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Jan 4, 2011

    Charlton Dude, of course liberals are happy with everything you listed. I love how they argue that we adverted the unknown with Obama's payoffs to the banks.

  • Dark of the Moon Jan 4, 2011

    I don't agree with that. Hard to tell what would of happened had we not passed the stimulus bill. Not passing it could of caused another great depression. With that said I'm content with the results.

    profile Bill Brasky

    Happy with constant 9.5%+ unemployment?

    Happy with 17%+ real unemployment as many people have dropped off the tail end and/or given up?

    Happy with the highest poverty rate in our history?

    Happy with more people on food stamps than ever?

    Happy jobs are being sent overseas at an alarming rate?

    Happy Obama is increasing the nation's debt at a historic rate?

    Happy that Obama personally attacks, insults and demeans anyone and everyone who dare think differently than him?

    Happy that home values continue to tank?

    No one can guarantee we would end up in a great depression if the spendulus was not passed. That is guessing. All we can do is look at facts and the facts are we are worse off as a nation now than before Obama won the election.

    Charlton Dude

  • wildcat Jan 4, 2011

    if certain people would not play favorites or the race card.

    I also discovered while the persons was doing such, their job was on the line and they were laid off or move to a lower job. Do what is right.

  • wildcat Jan 4, 2011

    People could get jobs if certain people would not play favorites or the race card. I have observe much when I was trying to find a job. I have been blessed with a job and I am thankful and appreciate the person for hiring me.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Jan 4, 2011

    "Today, the GNP has been making gains since the 2nd quarter of 2009, as well as economists now believe we came out of the recession in late 2009."

    I love how liberals point to the GDP and have no idea how it is calculated.

    GDP = private consumption + gross investment + GOVERNMENT SPENDING + (exports − imports)

    Now we add Obama's 4 trillion dollars in spending in 2 years, and yes the GDP will go up. However, it means nothing.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 4, 2011

    "And during the Depression, they did not play games with the unemployment rates."

    Whether you believe that or not its still 15% higher then the current rate.

    Also GDP dropped to half of what it was prior to 1929. Today, the GNP has been making gains since the 2nd quarter of 2009, as well as economists now believe we came out of the recession in late 2009. To claim that we are currently in a great depression, worse then the one in the 1930s is ridiculous.

  • wildcat Jan 4, 2011

    I am thankful that I now have a job. Don't give up your hope, continue to send resumes and apply, and applications. Something will eventually come along.

  • ykm Jan 4, 2011

    godness Obama has increased the debt by 3.22 trillion dollars as of dec 22 2010. This does not account for the projected loss from fannie and freddy 1 trillion. The interest paid on debt so far this year is as of dec was 414 billion. 200 billion was used to pay back S/S IOUs. This 414 billion interest payment is considered low due to the fed borrowing rate at zero.

  • Raleigh Boys Jan 4, 2011

    Most other countries believe the USA is close to bankruptcy or collapse.

  • rob2lw2 Jan 4, 2011

    "For starters the unemployment rate during the great depression was 25%. I could continue if you would like."

    And during the Depression, they did not play games with the unemployment rates.

    And if the true rate was ever published it would be over 25% now.. it's over 4.5 million that have exhausted their benefits that are not being counted.