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NC's unemployment rate dips in September, October

Posted November 22, 2013

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— North Carolina employers added thousands of jobs in September and October, helping push the state's unemployment rate down to 8 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the state Department of Commerce. 

Numbers from September, when the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, had been delayed until Friday because of the 16-day partial government shutdown at the beginning of October. Unemployment Rate graphic What's behind the North Carolina unemployment rate?

The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in October, up from 7.2 percent in September. 

The number of people employed in September and October combined increased 19,063 to 4,294,153. The state's labor force shrank, however, falling 18,668 to 4,665,909. 

The number of unemployed people fell by more than 37,000 in the two-month period, from 409,487 in August to 371,756 in October. 

Once people without a job stop looking for a job, the government no longer counts them as unemployed.

Employers in education and health services posted big gains in October, adding 7,600 jobs. Professional and business services and government jobs were also up, 6,400 and 6,200, respectively.

The state's jobless rate was 9.4 percent a year ago and has been steadily declining.

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  • WolfPackAlum Nov 25, 2013

    >>"Unemployment always dips in Sept and Oct., it is called the Christmas season, and the media is taken by surprise every year when unemployment goes down a little at this time of year and then rises slightly in January"

    The unemployment rate has declined from December to January for the past four years in a row, even after adjusting for annual seasonal variations. See here:

    http://portalseven.com/employment/unemployment_rate.jsp

    For reference, here is the U6 unemployment rate which has not been adjusted for seasonal variation:

    http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/U6RATENSA?cid=12

    Note that during the holiday season, the measured UE rate is actually less than what is reported as the official figure.

    Basically the opposite of what you stated is true.

  • bill0 Nov 25, 2013

    "Unemployment always dips in Sept and Oct., it is called the Christmas season, and the media is taken by surprise every year when unemployment goes down a little at this time of year and then rises slightly in January"

    Seriously? Why is is there always someone who posts this nonsense. Seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers already take all those temp jobs out of the equation.

  • A person Nov 25, 2013

    And before you come after me with the usual chatter about who's really to blame

    We are not blaming anyone. There is only one group that points fingers and places blame and Barack is not here to do any of those things

  • A person Nov 25, 2013

    Unemployment always dips in Sept and Oct., it is called the Christmas season, and the media is taken by surprise every year when unemployment goes down a little at this time of year and then rises slightly in January

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 25, 2013

    I would love to think the numbers are meaningful.

    Based on my knowledge of the unscientific procedure and random sampling that is used to compute these numbers, I must admit that I am very skeptical. Also, based on hearsay from my own circle of acquaintances in Wake County, there seems to be no evidence of improvement.

    Dare I say: things could only improve from the nose dive started by the shrub's disastrous wars and tax cuts for the rich and global corporations, which started this whole mess.

    And before you come after me with the usual chatter about who's really to blame, let's just sum it up now: neither Obama nor the Republican House have done anything significant to help matters in the past 6 years. AWSJ article yesterday pointed out that for all practical purposes, the Fed is functioning as a de facto new 4th branch of government, and keeping the whole system going while the other 3 branches are, at least for now, so incompetent as to be useless.

  • SilverWolf Nov 25, 2013

    Would this be pre-manipulated numbers or post-manipulated numbers? To be honest I don't believe a thing the Gov says...either gov, Fed or State. Politicians lie...that's what they do. The numbers are meaningless.

  • bill0 Nov 25, 2013

    "I see this as a positive thing and it will keep improving, but the dems and the libs will not see it that way, "

    Blah, blah, blah. It's been the same story for several years now on the national scale and NC is just starting to catch up. If you are going to give McCrory credit for NC, then you would need to give obama credit for the nation. Of course, I'm sure that won't happen.... and it shouldn't.

    The recovery continues to limp along. It doesn't seem to be connected to any government program or tax cut despite what each side wants to claim.

    "There's nothing insulting about that using that name in reference to him.'

    Actually, referring to the president by a nickname is obviously intended to be offensive. Kinda like when people called Bush II Georgie boy etc.

  • lwe1967 Nov 25, 2013

    I see this as a positive thing and it will keep improving, but the dems and the libs will not see it that way, because it shows that the new administration is working at trying to bring the unemployment rate down and they are not going to give any credit. Wake up people, it's always a good thing when people can get the work and earning money for them and their families again!

  • nailman5204 Nov 22, 2013

    Unemployment rate dropped to 7.2%--I wonder if the 2+ million unemployed that have run out of benefits were included in that figure ? ( I didn't think so !)

  • Gary_too Nov 22, 2013

    Thank You Governor McCrory

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