State unemployment rate climbs again

Posted January 24, 2011


— North Carolina added about 2,300 jobs in December, but the state unemployment rate rose for the second straight month, officials said Monday.

The unemployment rate for December was 9.8 percent, up from 9.7 percent in November, according to the state Employment Security Commission. In December 2009, the statewide unemployment rate was 10.9 percent.

"Over the past year, there was a gain of 10,400 jobs, with many of the job sectors experiencing gains. Consistent growth throughout these sectors will be the key to gaining back jobs lost during the recession," ESC Chairwoman Lynn Holmes said in a statement.

Seasonally adjusted non-farm employment increased to 3,896,700 in December. The largest increase occurred in the professional and business services sector, which added 3,600 jobs, while the largest decrease was in construction, which lost 3,900 jobs.

The leisure and hospitality sector shed 2,300 jobs in December, while manufacturing added 1,400 and trade, transportation and utilities added 1,300.

The number of initial claims filed in North Carolina for unemployment benefits increased in December to 83,358.


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  • federalsales Feb 1, 2011

    There Plan is to keep there jobs and spend your money Ha Ha what did you think right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • blackdog Jan 24, 2011

    It's OK... The republican legislature has a plan. I'm looking forward to see it. ...They DO have a plan...right?...

  • computer trainer Jan 24, 2011

    2,300 jobs were created (how do you create jobs?- I suspect these were temp jobs) in Dec. There are 100 counties in NC. SO, that means that if we divided them, each county had 23 job available. SO, does that number look good to ANYONE now? The smoke and mirrors will get you EVERY time!!

    bking87 – you do know that you can appeal, don’t you? If you have worked continuously, someone could have made a mistake. Please file your appeal immediately.

  • wildcat Jan 24, 2011

    I vote to privatize the postal service and make them go to work!

    You are making no sense.

  • bossman54 Jan 24, 2011

    Dalefan, engage brain before posting. You never know when your employer or prospective employer is reading these posts and realize who you are.

  • wildcat Jan 24, 2011

    There are jobs available, help wanted signs are posted in plenty of places.

    But you have to be qualified and most likely have an associate degree. You need to be call for an interview which many times will not happen. Once company, one person is all I need to be given that chance for a job. Talk what you know.

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  • wildcat Jan 24, 2011

    We needs jobs in NC and their would be no worry about unemployment.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 24, 2011

    unemployment is too easy and way too long! There are jobs available, help wanted signs are posted in plenty of places. As far as the post office goes...they are a joke! Have you ever seen a postal employee hurry to wait on the next customer? They move ever so slow, like they are doing you a favor. Just look around at the employees and it's easy to see why they claim they are going under. I vote to privatize the postal service and make them go to work!

  • Caveman93 Jan 24, 2011

    Where was this outrage when we were losing 700,000 jobs a month in 2008? lol
    ~ junkyard

    I think folks were way too busy scramblin around looking for replacement jobs. Takes a few years to realize there were none and ain't gonna be none. Can we say D E P R E S S I O N NOW?