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Employers shed thousands of jobs in June; NC unemployment rate unchanged

Posted July 18, 2014


— Employers in North Carolina shed more than 5,000 jobs in June, but the state's unemployment rate remained steady at 6.4 percent, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce.

The state's unemployment rate declined steadily between June 2013 and April, but it climbed in May and stayed the same in June. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in May.

"The worst thing about the state's unemployment situation that is revealed in this report is that the labor force is not growing," said Robert Mulligan, an economics professor at Western Carolina University. "Normally, when a labor market is recovering from a recession, it recovers much, much faster than this."

The state's labor force in June was 4,688,480, down more than 10,000 since May. The labor force – or the total number of people eligible to work – is down nearly 12,000 since June 2013.

The number of people employed in June was 4,389,167, down more than 8,500 from May. About 77,000 more people are listed as employed than in June 2013.

The number of people unemployed – those who are looking for jobs – fell by 2,142, from 301,455 in May to 299,313 in June.

"Unfortunately, what is happening here is that the size of the labor force is falling," Mulligan said. "Basically, what that indicates is that our recovery is lagging behind the national recovery."

A survey calculating nonfarm payrolls recorded 5,800 fewer jobs in the month of June. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was professional and business services at 3,700. The sector experiencing the largest decrease was government, with a decline of 13,300 as state and local agencies shed workers due to budget cuts.

Average hourly wages for manufacturing production workers fell 16 cents in June, from $16.81 an hour to $16.65 an hour.


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  • Imma Annoid Jul 18, 2014
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    How many jobs gained were full time?

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 18, 2014

    The work force continues to shrink while the economy produces too few jobs. Same old story at the federal and state levels when it comes to unemployment. This isn't news to me, numbers like these are the new norm and will be for years to come.

  • Bill Brasky Jul 18, 2014

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    This was already addressed in earlier posts. NC government simply kicked people off their unemployment that they helped pay for.

  • Bill Brasky Jul 18, 2014

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    False... The U6# dropped last month as well...but I will point out, even though it's false, Gaining Part time jobs is far better that losing 700k jobs a month in 2008.

  • Bill Brasky Jul 18, 2014

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    Unemployment benefits that these folks actually payed for? How is that welfare? Besides, I'm simply pointing out you can't claim you fixed the problem when all you did was kick people off a benefit that they helped pay for.

  • The Truth 73 Jul 18, 2014

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    Fact is it's the Democrats are mostly to blame for the problems.

  • WRAL_USER Jul 18, 2014

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    YEA!!!! we are mediocre... Thanks,

  • Tom Boswell Jul 18, 2014
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    Posters below have mentioned the U6 rate and the true unemployment rate. The U6 rate includes the under-employed and those who have given up looking for work. Because it captures a broader representation of the unemployed, some consider it the most complete snapshot of the state’s job market. According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina was ranked 47th in June 2012 under Perdue with a U6 rate at 17.5%. The latest figures available from the same source dated March of 2014 under McCrory shows us ranked 36th with a rate of 13.6%. The decrease of 3.9% over that time ranks us with the third largest drop in the country behind Idaho and Nevada. These figures are released on a quarterly basis.

  • WRAL_USER Jul 18, 2014

    "Also BTW the only one person who can affect these numbers directly is the president with his policies. " IGGY01

    I truly hope you don't believe that... Sigh...
    The only way for the president to DIRECTLY effect employment numbers is to hire a WH staffer or enact an executive order... Congress enacts policy through laws... (or they are supposed to do so, currently, they really do nothing...)

  • iopsyc Jul 18, 2014

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    Don't hang your hat on the U-3 figure, it leaves out too many people. NC's Labor Force Participation Rate has dropped 1.5% since January 2013.