County unemployment rates drop across NC

Posted April 27, 2011


— Unemployment rates declined in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties in March, the state Employment Security Commission said Wednesday.

Greene County was the only county that saw its rate jump in March, from 10 to 10.5 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in March. Thirty-five counties were at or below that rate, the ESC said.

The Triangle had a 7.7 percent unemployment rate during the month, down from 8.1 percent in February. In the Raleigh-Cary metro area, the rate also declined from 8.1 to 7.7 percent, while it dropped from 7.4 to 7.1 percent in the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area.

The Fayetteville metro area saw its jobless rate decline from 9.4 to 9.1 percent, while the rate in the Rocky Mount metro area fell from 12.9 to 12.5 percent.

Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in March, at 6.1 percent. Meanwhile, Graham County had the highest unemployment rate, at 16.4 percent.

The number of workers employed increased in March by 51,323, to 4,039,958. The number of people unemployed decreased by 15,633, to 434,073.


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  • flyingcheetah92 Apr 28, 2011

    Well it would appear that 90.9% of people are employed, which isn't a terrible thought. I get that 9.1 is a high rate but it could, and has been a whole lot worse.

  • MakoII Apr 28, 2011


    Healing the Economy analogy to actualy body healing. It's a process. It's slow. People are unrealistic about what "good news" means in terms of a healing economy.

  • Mark Hayes Apr 27, 2011

    MakoII what in the world are you talking about,with the scabs,sores and itching what has that have to do with people still unemployed the numbers have not really changed so much 9.8 to 9.7 maybe 9.6 still alot out of work.

  • MakoII Apr 27, 2011

    Everyone I know that lost their job now has a job again. One took over a year. It was tough.

    The only one lying though are the people who haven't been looking at job numbers for the past decade.

    Obama has seen larger gains than all of Bush's 8 years. It's been a bad marktet for a loooooong time now.

  • WooHoo2You Apr 27, 2011

    the numbers are dropping because people receiving are timing out of their benefits. Not because they have found jobs.-tamilly

    The number is people "actively seeking employment" and has NOTHING to do with 'benefits' running out.

    See the link below from the "Bureau Of Labor Statistics" so you can learn a fact or two.

  • hppyhourhero Apr 27, 2011

    According to the "Doom and Gloomers" on here this "smoke and mirrors", but we were told that since the Republicans took control of the House we would see the job picture improve, so which is it? Good news or smoke and mirrors?

  • tdmontgomery74 Apr 27, 2011

    Hmmm...number of workers increased by over 51K, number of those on unemployment decreased by 15k. Those numbers don't add up to this being because people lost their benefits.

    Glad I'm not a Republican cause I would have to be wishing for the economy to not recover in the hopes of voting out Obama.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 27, 2011

    "But remember, we've had 10 years of stagnating job growth. So when we're "back" it will STILL seem like things aren't great. Point is, it's hasn't been great for a decade. Get used to it"

    Actually unemployment was very low until the housing blowup. As to recovery, not so much.

  • Jeremiah Apr 27, 2011

    this is a lie!! all good news is a lie!! obama is taking away jobs, and lying and saying he's creating them!!!! lies!!! lies!!!

  • tamilly Apr 27, 2011

    "Those who have given up looking for work (and sometimes those who are on Government "retraining" programs) are not officially counted among the unemployed, even though they are not employed. The same applies to those who have taken early retirement to avoid being laid off, but would prefer to be working. The statistic also does not count the "underemployed" - those with part time or seasonal jobs who would rather have full time jobs. In addition, those who are of working age but are currently in full-time education are usually not considered unemployed in government statistics. Because of hidden unemployment, official statistics often underestimate unemployment rates." Wikipedia

    so what do you think is really going on - lots of folks got livable wage paying jobs or the above?