Triangle unemployment rate dips to 7.7 percent

Posted February 1, 2011

— Unemployment across the Triangle metropolitan area dipped slightly in December to 7.7 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Commission.

The rate was 7.9 percent in November.

Overall employment total fell by 300, to 499,600 in Raleigh-Cary.

The loss of 800 construction, 400 government and 600 in services offset a jump of 800 in trade, transportation and utilities employment and an increase of 300 in professional and business services.

Raleigh-Cary's economy added a net of 200 jobs over the previous December.

Employment in professional and business services in Raleigh-Cary surged by 3,600, a 4.3 percent increase. Trade, transportation and utilities fell by 1,700.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, employment fell by 400 from November, to 287,400. That is 3,100 higher than a year ago, a 1.1 percent improvement.

Government led the year-over-year job growth at 4,000.

Statewide data released by the Employment Security Commission showed that unemployment declined in most countries and in all the 14 major metropolitan areas,

Unemployment statewide was 9.7 percent. The number of people working declined by 15,685, to just over 4 million, but the unemployment total also fell by more than 14,000, to 430,539. People no longer seeking employment or not receiving jobless benefits are not counted among unemployed.

Orange County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 5.8 percent.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for December:

  • Asheville — 7.9 percent, down from 8.1 percent in November.
  • Burlington — 10.1 percent, down from 10.5 percent.
  • Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 10.7 percent, down from 11 percent.
  • Durham-Chapel Hill — 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent.
  • Fayetteville — 9 percent, down from 9.3 percent.
  • Goldsboro — 8.2 percent, down from 8.5 percent.
  • Greensboro-High Point — 10.2 percent, down from 10.6 percent.
  • Greenville — 9.5 percent, down from 9.7 percent.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 12.4 percent, down from 12.8 percent.
  • Jacksonville — 7.8 percent, down from 7.9 percent
  • Raleigh-Cary — 7.8 percent, down from 8.2 percent.
  • Rocky Mount — 12.6 percent, down from 12.9 percent.
  • Wilmington — 9.9 percent, down from 10 percent.
  • Winston-Salem — 9.2 percent, down from 9.4 percent.

For the full unemployment report and statistics from the ESC, Read here.


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  • THE ETERNAL Feb 2, 2011


  • Arapaloosa Feb 2, 2011

    I guess criticizing PBO isn't allowed on GOLO

  • geosol Feb 1, 2011

    But, but, but.... the angry old man on the radio who tells me what to think said that i'm supposed to believe that everything is just *horrible* right now and that is supposed to make me feel better. The more anger and negativity that we can manufacture, the better its supposed to make us right wingers feel about ourselves. Please don't try to make me happy about anything anymore. Thank you!

  • keneds Feb 1, 2011

    well well imagine that..........poor triangle

  • MarcoPolo Feb 1, 2011

    Has it gone back up yet? Oh wait, that's next week's story.
    Support the school board or move

    Bingo. Plus, democrooks "modified" the way they calculate unemployment. They are fudging the numbers for all the discouraged workers and 2 other components which escape me right now. It is likely that the "true" unemployment figures were between 15-20%. People are hurting.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Feb 1, 2011

    Has it gone back up yet? Oh wait, that's next week's story.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Feb 1, 2011

    I think rocker has smoked a few rocks. Get well soon. Go ahead and post my Iphone IP. Bwahahaha crack kills man..

  • juchushu Feb 1, 2011

    Eh. I've been on job interview after job interview, competing against 40 other people for one single job. I'm always either overqualified, or they hire someone that they can pay less for, or people with higher education (master degrees etc) have been forced to take a lesser job, which rules out the people that can actually get said job. It's a vicious cycle that just won't end.

  • freespeech Feb 1, 2011

    OK, go ahead and say it. This dip in unemployment is all a lie and the numbers are skewed and WRAL is in bed with the DNC. Or better yet, LOOK, unemployment is already going down because of the jobs that the republican controlled House is creating after just 1 month.
    Pretty soon, you people are not going to have any where to hide but with one another listening to Rushxycotin and FIX. Just like in 2008.

  • bcsutton1 Feb 1, 2011

    JOBAMA 2011