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NC unemployment rate climbs slightly to 9.2% in December

Posted January 18, 2013

— North Carolina’s unemployment rate climbed slightly to 9.2 percent in December from 9.1 percent in November, the state said Friday.

The figure is seasonally adjusted.

The jobless rate in October was 9.3 percent.

While the number of people working climbed 10,398 from November, the ranks of the unemployed also grew by 6,997, the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.

North Carolina started 2012 with an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent. A year ago, the December rate was 10.4 percent.

The big job gainers by sector in December were:

  • Education and health services, 5,900
  • Professional and business services, 5,000
  • Manufacturing, 700
  • Information, 500
  • Construction, 400

Offsetting those gains were the loss of jobs in financial activities (2,000), leisure and hospitality services (1,300), trade, transportation and utilities positions (500) and government (400).

Meanwhile, weekly applications for unemployment benefits increased in North Carolina for the week ending Jan. 5 even as they dropped sharply nationally to a five-year low.

Applications increased by more than 13,600 because of layoffs in textiles, business services, construction, furniture and transportation equipment.

County and metropolitan area jobs data will be released Jan. 30.


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  • Terkel Jan 18, 2013

    Maybe no one complains about ageism because they know, sadly, that it won't make a difference. I got a blatant dose of it last year: every phone interview was brilliant, then they got a look at the gray hair in person and decided my skills weren't there. What can you do? Answer the next ad. Old people know this. Just a theory, could be something else entirely.

  • Terkel Jan 18, 2013

    I'll say it again: Crumps, you're SMOKIN'!

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 18, 2013

    If anyone thinks he can strike a better deal at another workplace, he's free to do so. This hammering on individual freedom is what's killing jobs.

    You're becoming one of my favorites around here. great post!

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 18, 2013

    Bottom line if Bev was doing a good job, either she would have ran again (even thou she barely won last time), or Dalton would have won. Neither of those things happened. So suck it up and drive on. Things didnt get better under her. She was just a little girl playing governor

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 18, 2013

    Good point and very true. It's the only reason why Obama wa re-elected.

    but if you look at it, not much changed overall except for a few seats. Its not near the mandate the left thinks it is. Congress was pretty much left in place. So Im thinking that even though Barry won, the people kept other things in place to make sure Barry was kept in check.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 18, 2013


    ...while there is no evidence of any serious voter fraud here,

    no real proof for voter suppression either, but that doesnt stop ya from singing that song

    Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!" Liars and hypocrites

    "Laser like focus on jobs" ringing any bells?

    Hypocrite what?

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 18, 2013

    I'm not worried people will starve, but kids will be a little hungrier and people will turn to Ramen noodles instead of nutritious food, and spike their sodium or blood sugar - and end up in the emergency room - and end up getting free healthcare- and you'll complain about it.

    The cycle goes on.

    Now your worried about people eating poorly? America has had an obesity problem for decades. People were making bad choices when they had money! So that dog wont hunt with that flimsy argument. Maybe if organic stuff was a little cheaper and lasted longer people might buy it. You can shop smart and healthy if you put some effort into it. Besides that, foosd prices have been rising for awhile now, because of fuel costs and everything else associated with it. But god forbid someone make a profit so they can feed their family

  • Ex-Republican Jan 18, 2013

    "A democracy can not last when the voters realize they can vote themselves more from the public treasury." lumberman

    Good point and very true. It's the only reason why Obama wa re-elected.

  • junkmail5 Jan 18, 2013

    They had one from 08-09 until Kennedy died, probably should have clarified, but you get the picture.

    well, 7 months actually... since Franken didn't get sworn in for months due to lawsuits...

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 18, 2013

    I see the Government has continued to cut jobs. While I don't like seeing anyone become unemployed I am ENJOYING that trend and hope to see it continue. Obama made the famous comment "the private sector is doing fine" and said governments (state mainly) were cutting jobs and thats why job gains (overall) were small. Maybe there's a degree of truth in that, but I think the Private sector STILL needs to be doing much better than it has been. Seems like North Carolina is lagging behind most states in the recovery. Hopefully those looking for work can find it.