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NC employers add thousands of jobs in April; unemployment rate falls

Posted May 16, 2014

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— North Carolina's unemployment rate fell for the 10th straight month in April, and employers in the state added more than 15,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce.

The state's unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent, which is down 2.2 percentage points since April 2013. It remains better than the national unemployment rate, which was 6.3 percent in April.

The state's labor force in April was 4,678,398, up nearly 10,000 since March. The labor force – or the total number of people eligible to work – is down more than 33,000 since April 2013, evidence that many people, some of them the long-term unemployed, are dropping out of the job market and are no longer counted in the unemployment rate calculation.

The number of people employed was up more than 14,000 in April, from 4,373,014 in March to 4,387,118. Nearly 70,000 more people are listed as employed than in April 2013.

The number of people unemployed – those who are looking for jobs – fell by 4,193, from 295,473 in March to 291,280 in April.

Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that the continuing decline of the unemployment rate is a good sign for North Carolina's economy.

"We continue to see encouraging signs in North Carolina's economy with each month that passes," he said in a statement. "We have made a lot of progress over the past year, but there is still a lot of work to be done."

Rep. Thom Tillis also released a statement praising the changes in North Carolina's economy. 

"It's no coincidence given our tax, regulatory and unemployment reform that we continue to see a significant drop in unemployment and are able to add jobs for our citizens," Tillis said in a statement. "I will work on legislation during this short session that will keep improving our economy and placing North Carolinians in good jobs."

A survey calculating nonfarm payrolls recorded 15,300 more jobs in the month of April.

Leisure and hospital services, professional and business services and manufacturing sectors saw big increases in the month, while government, education and health services, construction and mining and logging recorded decreases.

Average hourly wages for manufacturing production workers fell 7 cents in April, from $16.75 an hour to $16.68 an hour.

The food industry remains North Carolina's leading sector in manufacturing employment at 51,400.

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  • tracmister May 16, 2014

    There is one thing that really has made me wonder about these numbers. This year, which is under the old tax plan, they are projected that we are falling short on tax collect revenue. Yet, based on the unemployment rate and numbers they should be ahead.

  • sunshine1040 May 16, 2014

    So more people are going to be paying taxes so there should not be another budget shortfall again and NC can stop being in the red. Unless there have been even more jobs lost then were created or these are part time minimum wage jobs

  • Kenny Dunn May 16, 2014

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    Excellent point. I honestly never assign credit or blame on the government for the economy or unemployment. I've always considered those to be the purview of the private sector. With the caveat that a large amount of government hiring/firing and enter into the picture.

    Overall, I glad to see the improving (if slowly) situation.

  • lsdhome May 16, 2014

    Most Republicans tell us that President Obama is a failure if the size of the national labor force declines. Does this suggest that Gov. McCrory is similarly a failure if the size of NC's labor force declines?

  • Earth Brooks May 16, 2014

    "THANK YOU PAT and the GOP GA!!!!!"

    For the temporary coal ash clean-up jobs?

  • Tony Snark May 16, 2014

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    Overall NY state is blue. If you want to deny how they vote then tell yourself what ever you want to hear.

  • tmstubbs63 May 16, 2014

    Weird generalization. Ny has produced the second highest private sector jobs.

    NY is also completely red except for NYC

  • mep May 16, 2014

    THANK YOU PAT and the GOP GA!!!!!

  • Tony Snark May 16, 2014

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    Weird generalization. Ny has produced the second highest private sector jobs.

  • Mon Account May 16, 2014

    "It's no coincidence given our tax, regulatory and unemployment reform that we continue to see a significant drop in unemployment and are able to add jobs for our citizens," Tillis said in a statement. "I will work on legislation during this short session that will keep improving our economy and placing North Carolinians in good jobs."

    Good jobs? Manufacturing jobs with lower pay than before? Food service where there is no living wage?

    This man is so transparent - you can smell November pouring off of him.

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