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NC jobless rate slightly up to 8.9 percent in July

Posted August 19, 2013

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— Employers in North Carolina shed 13,735 jobs in July, pushing the state's unemployment rate up to 8.9 percent, according to the latest data from the state Department of Commerce.

More than 417,800 people in the state remain unemployed, up 1,527 from June, and the state's labor force shrank by 12,208, to 4,696,357.

The jobs and labor force numbers released Monday are factors in the calculation of the statewide unemployment rate, which rose from 8.8 percent in June – its first increase since January.

The national jobless rate fell to 7.4 percent in July.

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The state agency says North Carolina employers dropped nearly 14,000 jobs from June to July, with the largest decline in the government sector at more than 5,000. Transportation and utility fields and hospitality services saw the largest employment sector gains.

The state rate was 9.5 percent in January but had been slowly declining until now. A year ago, the statewide unemployment rate was 9.6 percent.

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  • Aug 22, 1:29 p.m.

    "He's your leader as well. How sad you hate America so much though."
    Liebe ist fur alle

    I don't follow him because I do love America and want us to have a good leader, President. America is great!

  • Aug 22, 1:10 p.m.

    "Once again, expected response from you. You have the right to stop but not the ability."
    watertowertown

    "Thank you for proving...." -Liebe ist fur alle

    Your welcome anytime. Just ask me nicely.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 22, 12:41 p.m.

    I do love that you danced for me again though. Thank you for proving my point, little puppet.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 22, 12:40 p.m.

    "Give my disregards to your fearful leader Obama."

    He's your leader as well. How sad you hate America so much though.

  • Aug 22, 10:48 a.m.

    "Apparently I am not allowed to taunt you anymore and make you post. So good day. Enjoy your childish games."
    -Liebe ist fur alle

    Give my disregards to your fearful leader Obama.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 22, 10:09 a.m.

    Apparently I am not allowed to taunt you anymore and make you post. So good day. Enjoy your childish games.

  • Liebe ist fur alle Aug 22, 10:03 a.m.

    "Once again, expected response from you"

    Dance for me little puppet. Post again.

  • Aug 22, 8:27 a.m.

    "I think what you are trying to say, watertowertown, is that you somehow think you are manipulating me. THe thing is, it is I who are manipulating you. I post, knowing you have to respond, I ask for proof forcing you to babble incoherently yet again. You are the puppet, dear boy, and I pull your strings."
    -Liebe ist fur alle

    Once again, expected response from you. You have the right to stop but not the ability.

  • Aug 21, 2:44 p.m.

    "I ask for proof when you make unsupportable claims" -Liebe ist fur alle

    They are supported, there is proof, you just don't like it so you ignore what you don't like.

  • Aug 21, 1:32 p.m.

    "And that point would be, precisely?" -Liebe ist fur alle

    Precisely you are easily manipulated. I have been successful in doing that to you for 3 days now. That's how Obama got you and others to support him. The proof is YOU!

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