NC unemployment rate dips to 9.7 percent

Posted April 19, 2011

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— North Carolina’s unemployment rate fell slightly in March, to 9.7 percent, due in part to the addition of 13,900 non-farm jobs, the state Employment Security Commission reported Tuesday.

The state’s jobless rate a year ago was 11.3 percent.

The decline was the first for North Carolina since the rate slipped to 9.8 percent last November from 9.9 percent in October and 10 percent in September.

The national unemployment rate last month was 8.8 percent,

Non-farm jobs have increased for three straight months, the ESC noted.

The number of people working increased overall by 13,402 to just over 4.04 million. The number of people not working fell by 1,949 to 434,996.

Most jobs were added in business services with more than 6,000.

County-by-county and metropolitan area statistics will be released on April 27.


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  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Apr 19, 2011

    I FINALLY got a job doing what I went to school for after 18 months of unemployment. I start next week.

    Unfortunately, my pay went back about 10 years.

  • IAMAmerican Apr 19, 2011


    Translation: I think im entitled to what I was making before. Im not settling for anything less. Just like a "liberal". Think you are entitled to something.
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    What a moronic, oblivious simple-minded individual you are. Please don't post any more, you're make a fool out of yourself!

  • sammyg Apr 19, 2011

    chromelexus- I didn't know cars could type?! You sound like a real charming person...

  • ecualumni1982 Apr 19, 2011

    I worked for a number of years with the ESC calculating these stats and what 10% means in real life terms is that most of us, if unemployed today would be forced to take a much lesser job after UI benefits exhausted. Small towns are limited. Most people don't want to relocate, but its often required if you expect to find a discent paying position. THe big issue is now, even if find another job out of town you either spend $600-1,000 a month on gas and you can't sell you home to get another closer to your job. Cutting UI benefits is neither good, nor bad, from a financial stand point most UI recievers go until exhaustion, so it would save the state money, the negative is that more than 1/2 of these people will not find any type of work that will allow them to keep their homes, cars, etc.

  • mama k Apr 19, 2011

    chromelexus22.....I am unemployed and have been for longer than i want to be. I have tried to take something less than what I was making and when that didn't seem to work I went back to school, got another degree. Guess what??? That still hasn't helped me!! I either have not enough experience or too much!! YEP.. I said it "TOO MUCH" That is what I was told when I interviewed for one job. I am so glad that you are blessed to have a great job and promotion...but not everyone got lucky enough to work somewhere that is doing so well!! I hope you keep your promotion and your job so you don't have experience what us unemployed are going through!!

  • onlymy2cents Apr 19, 2011

    I got 2 promotions, raises, and we just hired 3 people. We only employ 28 at my branch. Sounds like someone jumped onto the wrong company. McDonalds is hiring 50K workers.

    Are you still hiring?

  • hcain73 Apr 19, 2011

    I am supposed to believe that 13000 jobs made the unemployment number go down .1%?????? It is just playing with numbers. The numbers that are no longer looking for work and the people that fell off the records are not accounted for. Keep trying WRAL, these sheep are not this ignorant....

  • MakoII Apr 19, 2011

    There's a lot of jobs available to rebuild housing.

    Pick up a hammer and buy some OSB and 2x4s!

  • juchushu Apr 19, 2011

    It's so hard to find a job. I was lucky to receive the job I did, a month before my benefits were exhausted. Good luck to everyone out there.

  • Caring Apr 19, 2011

    Trueblue, I will be praying for your family in hopes that they find work soon. My husbad lost his job as well and was forced into retirement. He was unable to seek employment because of his age. It is a same that American people have to suffer because of bad decisions made by our Government!!!