Triangle unemployment rate flat; job numbers down from year ago

Posted May 27, 2011
Updated May 28, 2011


Unemployment in the Triangle remained stuck at 7.7 percent in April, according to new data from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

However, the number of people working and the size of the workforce are actually smaller than a year ago, when the rate was 8.1 percent.

The ESC reported 801,979 people held jobs in the Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill metro areas last month. That’s down from 804,115 in May 2010.

The unemployment rate dropped, however, since fewer people are included in workforce statistics. Only people working, seeking work or receiving jobless benefits are counted. People who have given up looking for jobs – the so-called “frustrated workers” – are not counted.

The number of people counted as unemployed also declined from a year ago, to 66,711 from 70,545. 

According to seasonally adjusted numbers from East Carolina University’s College of Business, the Triangle jobless rate actually increased to 8.3 percent from 8 percent in March.

A year ago, the seasonally adjusted rate was 9.4 percent.


Jobless rates in other nearby metro areas for April:

  • Fayetteville: 9.1 percent
  • Goldsboro: 8.3 percent
  • Greensboro: 9.6 percent
  • Rock Mount: 12.5 percent
  • Burlington: 9.8 percent

The state’s jobless rate as reported last week is 9.7 percent.

Unemployment did decline in more than half the state’s 100 counties and in 10 of the 14 major metros.


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  • tpbwetland May 27, 2011

    Seems like all conservatives do are ship jobs overseas for cheaper labor, then redistribute more of my money by giving the wealthy more tax cuts we can no longer afford.

  • tpbwetland May 27, 2011

    GOP in the US House of Representatives and NC General Assembly: Where are the jobs you promised? Thinking my decision to vote for ya'll was now a mistake...

  • grasshopperrtp2 May 27, 2011

    Our own governor said."I didn't realize this recession was this bad".And you expect jobs from someone with there head up the place where the sun doesn't shine?After the election,her first move should have been to freeze everything.But she had a better idea.Let's borrow millions from the Feds.So tell us Bev,how did that work out for us?

  • Mark Hayes May 27, 2011

    Why those that are so vocal about extended benefits spending are so mute when it comes to foreign or other government wastefull spending ventures is beyond me,they seem to turn on their own yet don't mind billions going overseas without any real account of exactly what it is for,at least here the money would filter back into our economy.

  • Mark Hayes May 27, 2011

    As long as we just lay down and take whatever is dished out to us from party politics which is usually only beneficial to the ones that hold office,to whatever spin they put out there for us to read we will always be at the mercy of those that prosper from our inability to stick together and they do count on our freedom to disagree but know we are powerless to change anything in a timely manner to where it does much good.

  • kevten May 27, 2011

    Republican tax cuts have been in place for ten years. Where are the US jobs? Even John Boehner stated that leaving the Bush tax cuts in place an additional 2 years would create 2 million jobs. Where are they?

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    DG - "I get so tired of listening to people blame someone for things. I am sure that some of you who are posting own businesses - instead of griping offer an out of work person a job. It saddens me when business is taking advantage of this situation - by increasing a heavier workload on workers already there and not creating new jobs because they can claim financial insecurity - tell that to the CEO's bringing in such big bucks."

    Good comment.


  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    Heavenly - "The Unemployment rate that is reported is a joke and very inaccurate as this articale admits. When the worker number goes down then surely someone with a brain can determine that the unemployment rate is higher and is based on people drawing benefits, not the total number of folks out of work."

    It's based on neither the number of new applications filed or the number of benefit checks written.

    It's based on random telephone calls placed coast-to-coast, then it's tweaked for whatever the government flavor of the day is, until it reaches something they think we'll swallow.

    The deal is - we have to stop swallowing it and demand Obama CREATE the NEW JOBS he PROMISED to create when he was campaigning.

    And Perdue made the same promise too.

    And folks, laying off government workers just exacerbates the problem. Now laid off government workers will be lining up to draw unemployment benefits and apply for the same jobs as all other laid off people are applying for.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011

    CS - "With the comments made on outsourcing jobs that is a battle we can all participate in winning by demanding from areas we shop and businesses that sell overseas manufactured goods to make available just how much of whatever product we are purchasing was from here in the U.S"

    Tried that.

    US goods are difficult to find.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman May 27, 2011


    And another thing, the vast majority of these people have sent out hundreds of resumes and have filled out hundreds of applications. It takes time to find those open positions to send resumes to and apply for; it takes time to send those resumes and fill out those applications; and if you don't think that's work, you need to experience it first hand I'm thinking, and in this job market, it's HARD work, cause it's difficult to even find jobs to apply for.

    The majority of those still laid off are highly educated, highly skilled, highly qualified middle management to management positions. Our of desperation, they've already applied at grocery stores and big box stores, only to be told their over-qualified, and those places won't bother to hire and train the over-qualified cause they know they'll leave soon as a better prospect come