NC's unemployment rate drops as employers add jobs

Posted January 28, 2014


— North Carolina's unemployment rate dipped to 6.9 percent in December as employers in the state added more than 11,000 jobs, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Commerce. 

The state unemployment rate in November was 7.4 percent. The national unemployment rate in December was 6.7 percent. 

Private-sector jobs saw the biggest jump in December, as employers added better than 10,600 positions. Only construction and professional and business services industries saw job cuts.

The state's labor force shrank in December, falling 1,880, to 4,656,304. The number of people unemployed also fell during the month, down 21,097, to 322.689, officials said. 

About 4,333,615 were listed as employed in December, up nearly 20,000 since November 2013. 

Gov. Pat McCrory released a statement Tuesday following the release of December's jobs data, calling it "great news" for North Carolina.

"We continue to see that our pro-growth and pro-jobs policies enacted over the last year are having a positive impact and getting people into jobs," he said. "While this is welcome news, we will remain focused on policies that will encourage job growth – not just for the short-term, but for the long-term to sustain the progress we have made."

House speaker Thom Tillis also released a statement Tuesday morning, saying that the falling unemployment rate is more evidence that "our policies are helping North Carolinians get back to work."

"Federal jobs data shows that North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped further in one year than any other state in the nation," Tillis said. "We will continue to implement policies that will enable our citizens to get back to work."

North Carolina's unemployment rate has gone down steadily in the last year, falling from a high of 9.5 percent in January 2013.

Economists say the fast drop in the unemployment rate could be because so many people have become discouraged, are giving up on finding a job and are no longer being counted.

The state's population of working-age adults who are looking for jobs shrank by 111,000 in 2013.


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  • redstarlean Feb 7, 2014

    Te entire counties Unemployment rate has gone down and in no thanks to the jokers and their ilk in charge in NC

  • fjsmss2099 Jan 29, 2014

    Pat keep up the great job. Since McCrory took office the unemployment rate has dropped more in North Carolina by far than any other state. THANK YOU PAT !!!! The December figure is just out and it is down to 6.9%. That is a incredible drop of 2.5% from last January and a .5% drop from November. It has dropped more in North Carolina in the last two months than 38 states in the last twelve months. Thank you voters for doing the right thing for our great citizens of NC. The three states that are behind us with the largest drop since January of 2013 are NJ, IN and FL. What do the four have in common? REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS!!!!! The amazing thing is the tax relief bill for businesses and individuals that will stimulate job growth has just been implemented this month.

  • keithjinnc Jan 28, 2014

    People are going out and getting jobs because the days of endless unemployment benefits has run its course and is done. Not only is it good that people are going out taking the jobs they had previously stuck their noses up too; it is helping lessen the states debt which is good for everyone. Although it’s hard for all you bleeding hearts to believe, Obama had nothing to do with this! If he had his way able body people would still be sitting at home collecting a check for doing nothing. The country is deep in debt because our government keeps printing money and giving it away. We best hope China doesn’t call in its IOU’s without warning.

  • exteacher Jan 28, 2014

    IN actuality, NC created fewer jobs in 2013 than in 2012. Last year's jobs gain was 64,500, which is about 2/3 of the 89,900 jobs created in 2012. The job force is shrinking because there are NO jobs. People are giving up looking. I would like to see a list of all the jobs this administration wants to take claim for.

  • exteacher Jan 28, 2014

    In reality, however, North Carolina created fewer jobs in 2013 than it did in 2012. Last year’s jobs gain was 64,500, roughly two-thirds of the 89,900 jobs created in 2012

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  • Danny22 Jan 28, 2014

    We are making progress. Now if we can work on getting rid of gov't healthcare and lower taxes.

  • djofraleigh Jan 28, 2014

    This headline conflicts with yesterdays, but even as jobs are added today, in total, fewer in NC are working than 5 years ago, although population is growing by hundreds of thousands. McCrory can't claim victory any more than Obama can -- workers are still in distress.

  • lost in translation Jan 28, 2014

    Look whether your leaning right or left the bottom line is forcing people off of unemployment and into the work force allows them to become employed in jobs that they are making the same amount of money if they were on unemployment benefits. This helps the State recover taxes and then they can try to network their way up or become better educated. Staying on the sofa does neither.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Jan 28, 2014

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    so he has been in NC doing all the hiring and forcining businesses to come here? wow he really is magical!

    /Barry is a lying failure

  • srw4720 Jan 28, 2014

    Obama is the 5th best president we ever had. Reagan and Lincoln tied for 1st, while 17 tied for 2nd. 23 tied for 3rd. Carter came in 4th and Obama is 5th.