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Jobless rates drop across most of NC

Posted April 6, 2011

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— Unemployment rates dropped in 93 of North Carolina's 100 counties in February, the state Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in February. Twenty-nine counties were at or below that rate, the ESC said.

The Triangle had an 8 percent unemployment rate during the month, down from 8.3 percent in January. In the Raleigh-Cary metro area, the rate also declined from 8.3 to 8 percent, while it dropped from 7.6 to 7.3 percent in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area.

The Fayetteville metro area saw its jobless rate decline from 10.1 to 9.7 percent, while the rate in the Rocky Mount metro area fell from 13.2 to 12.7 percent.

Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in February, at 6.2 percent. Meanwhile, Swain County had the highest unemployment rate, at 18.1 percent.

The number of workers employed increased in February by 16,546, to 3,988,617. The number of people unemployed decreased by 15,025, to 445,872.

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  • pulstar40 Apr 7, 2011

    "Wells Fargo & Co. says it's slashing several hundred jobs in the Carolinas because of a decrease in home mortgage applications." (From other WRAL article.)

    Never mind the fact that a large number of folks have exhausted all their benefits.

  • baracus Apr 6, 2011

    "The article says ESC is the source. Can you explain why the Employment Security Commission of NC is polling people about work instead of using actual data from the computer system? "

    Because the computer system only tells them who is collecting benefits and not whose benefits ran out, just graduated, former housewives looking for a job, etc. That said, I can't find anything on ESC's website that states where they got their statistics. The US BLS is pretty clear that it uses a survey.

  • IAMAmerican Apr 6, 2011

    Unemployment rates dropped in 93 of North Carolina's 100 counties in February, the state Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.

    It's not because people have found jobs, it's that they're unemployment has run out......what a joke!

  • tmh1375 Apr 6, 2011

    I love the censor. Let's try again...

    "It has NOTHING TO DO WITH UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS... Those are DIFFERENT figures.... They are counting/polling people to find out how many *WORK*..."

    The article says ESC is the source. Can you explain why the Employment Security Commission of NC is polling people about work instead of using actual data from the computer system? If the already misleading numbers are coming from a different source, I would like to know what it is exactly so I can check it out.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 6, 2011

    Still 11.3% in Harnett County, yet because those in Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh found jobs, none of those receiving extended benefits in Harnett will receive a dime because the big cities skewed the numbers.

    Nice!

    Try finding a job in Harnett or some of the other counties that don't have big cities in them.

  • 6869735 Apr 6, 2011

    Hey Bev, keep the light on.

  • bigal02282 Apr 6, 2011

    WooHoo! I must be employed! Wait a sec.......

  • WooHoo2You Apr 6, 2011

    Can't wait to see next month's numbers since benefits are ending for a bunch of folks. Course the media will forget that portion of it.-tmh1375

    "The number of workers employed increased in February by 16,546, to 3,988,617. The number of people unemployed decreased by 15,025, to 445,872."

    It has NOTHING TO DO WITH UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS... Those are DIFFERENT figures.... They are counting/polling people to find out how many *WORK*...

  • gcmann Apr 6, 2011

    Wow, this is good news.
    On the downside it's completely false.

  • SueInNC Apr 6, 2011

    These numbers are so off from reality. Out of 10 adults I know who had been laid off at some point in the last 3 years, every single one is underemployed now except 1 who is still unemployed. 90% underemployed. I'm happy to have a job, and consider myself very fortunate to have this job. I am underemployed, earning less than 2/3 of what I was earning before my layoff 2 years ago. I've been at this job nearly 2 years and have yet to get a raise, do not have dental/vision, have no STD/LTD, no 401K, just (thankfully) medical benes. I have half the amount of time off. I know I'm not the only one out here like this.

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