NC's unemployment rate climbs for 3rd straight month

Posted June 19, 2015


— More people were listed as unemployed in North Carolina in May, contributing to a rise in the state's unemployment rate, according to data released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

More than 12,600 new people were listed as unemployed during the month, pushing the state's unemployment rate up to 5.7 percent. The state rate has ticked up steadily since dropping to as low as 5.3 percent in January and February.

The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in May.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – increased by 29,396 in May, to 4,770,856, likely contributing to the increase in the state's unemployment rate.

Nonfarm employers added a total of 10,400 jobs during the month, with professional and business services, education and health services and construction seeing large gains. The trade, transportation and utilities sectors saw losses.


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  • Tom Boswell Jun 21, 2015
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    Wow just two and a half years ago with Democrats responsible, we had a 2.5 billion dollar deficit. At the time it was the countries fifth largest. Our employment rate was 9.5% and ranked us a laughing stock 47th. Our overall tax burden rated us the 7th highest in the country according to the Tax Foundations web site. Our teachers were paid at a rate of the 46th highest. We owed the federal Government 2.5 billion in unemployment benefits. Today, we have paid off the 2.5 billion, our tax burden has fallen to 34th highest, our unemployment has dropped to 5.7% which ranks us 30th. The drop of 3.8% since McCrory took office represents the second largest drop in the country. Teachers just received one of their largest raises in history. We now have a 400 million dollar surplus.

  • Todd Whitmer Jun 19, 2015
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    Indeed Helms would cringe.

  • Luke Pool Jun 19, 2015
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    More people do actually have jobs, but those who have not been looking are now trying to enter job market driving up unemployment numbers. Which has zip to do with the G.A. Hunting on sunday could actually add to the economy fyi.

  • Amy Singleton Jun 19, 2015
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    It's a good thing the GA is laser focused on Sunday hunting according to pulpit guidelines, loosening gun restrictions, making sure public employees don't have to do their jobs due to religious objection. You know, all those things that create jobs. How embarrassing these ideological dolts have become. Even Jesse Helms would cringe.

  • Todd Whitmer Jun 19, 2015
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    Not so much of a comeback for North Carolina.