NC unemployment rate drops slightly

Posted March 25, 2011

— North Carolina's unemployment rate decreased slightly as the state added 17,400 non-farm jobs in February, the state Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

The unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point from January, to 9.7 percent. Excluding the farm industry, North Carolina's economy has added 30,500 jobs so far this year.

"We are showing signs of slow but steady progress, with job gains in February and over the year," ESC Chairwoman Lynn R. Holmes said in a statement.

Seasonally adjusted numbers show that 4,030,025 people were working in North Carolina this past month. The number of people unemployed decreased by 4,275, to 435,297.

A year ago, the unemployment rate was 11.4 percent. Since then, the labor force has shrunk by nearly 92,000 people, with 84,742 fewer unemployed workers and 7,220 fewer employed workers.

In February, the professional and business sectors saw the biggest gain in jobs, at 6,800. The construction and education and health services fields also added more than 4,000 jobs each.

The government sector had the biggest loss, at 3,000 jobs, while the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 1,600 jobs.


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  • emerald7575 Mar 25, 2011

    They are counting who is drawing unemployment.... And NOT counting the ones out of work........You go federalsales
    ,this is nothing but the TRUTH!!!

  • federalsales Mar 25, 2011

    This is BS at its BEST..........They are counting who is drawing unemployment........And NOT counting the ones out of work........That is just like goverment..hide the real truth...and make you believe what they want!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ghimmy51 Mar 25, 2011

    "The US economy grew faster than first thought in the final months of 2010, according to the Commerce Department.

    Growth figures for the fourth quarter of 2010 have been revised upward to 3.1% from the 2.8% previously reported.

    The rise was put down to more companies re-stocking and buying more plant and equipment than was believed.

    For the final three months of 2010, consumer spending grew at an annual rate of 4%, the strongest quarter for four years.

    Residential construction was growing at an annual rate of 3.3% in the final three months of the year after plunging at a 27.3% rate in the July-September quarter." BBC NEWS ... TODAY! Why do you NEVER hear these things on WRAL???

  • WolfPackAlum Mar 25, 2011

    "WolfPackAlum you need to get out in the public work force and do more reasearch."-lakeyk1

    Fortunately, statistical research has already been compiled on this subject:

    See here:
    And here:
    And here:

    I suppose if you have no education, no experience, and no ability to communicate properly, THEN your argument may have substance. Else, it sounds like you need to do a bit more research before making uneducated comments.

  • lovelarvae Mar 25, 2011

    "Thinkin white folk are definitely the minority in NC." -bugzee50

    Well, you might have a point there, as your comment illustrates.

  • sheerenergy Mar 25, 2011

    Good news!

  • lakeyk1 Mar 25, 2011

    bugzee50 you are correct and WolfPackAlum you need to get out in the public work force and do more reasearch. lakeyk1

  • JustAName Mar 25, 2011

    You have to start with when the Dems took control of both houses after the 2006 election. On 05 Feb 2007 - $8,701,027,457,964. As of today $14, 254,982,500,000 and counting. That's about 1.638 more dept now than in 2007. So, "almost doubling" is correct if you round the value.

    Trying to make an argument that the Dems are spend thrifty when they had a $200+ Billion deficit (est., because they never passed a budget) in February is laughable, because the entire 2006 budget deficit was $260 Billion.

    ONE MONTH is almost AS MUCH as the ENTIRE YEAR.

  • WolfPackAlum Mar 25, 2011


    With a comment like that, it comes as no surprise that you are unemployed and can't find a job.

    In the words of Matt Taibbi:

    "It’s not like the Tea Partiers hate black people. It’s just that they’re shockingly willing to believe the appalling horse---- fantasy about how white people in the age of Obama are some kind of oppressed minority. That may not be racism, but it is incredibly, earth-shatteringly stupid."

  • Bill Brasky Mar 25, 2011


    Worland never responds. His posts can usually be proven wrong with a simple google search. I call the act of posting incorrect information and running off "Crop Dusting"