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NC unemployment rate dips to six-year low

Posted December 19, 2014

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— Job gains and a sharp decrease in the number of people listed as unemployed helped push North Carolina's unemployment rate in November to a six-and-a-half year low of 5.8 percent, according to data released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

North Carolina's unemployment rate is now even with the national unemployment rate, which was also 5.8 percent in November.

Employers added more than 16,000 people to their rolls last month, and the number of people listed as unemployed fell by 23,498, to 270,675.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – fell by 12,534 in November, to 4,633,488.

Trade, transportation and utilities and manufacturing industries saw big gains during the month. Private employers added nearly 15,000 jobs, while education and health services and financial activities were the only sectors to record losses.

Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement Friday that the state's economy is getting stronger each month.

"We have seen 176,000 jobs added since I entered office and a three-point drop in the unemployment rate, but there is still a lot of work to be done," he said. "I look forward to the upcoming year and continuing to pursue policies that set North Carolina up for success."

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  • Kenny Dunn Dec 19, 2014
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    16,000 new jobs are always a welcome thing. Slowly, but surely the economy is recovering. Let's hope it can continue.

  • raphael27520 Dec 19, 2014

    "All of the net gains in in jobs since 2007 have gone to immigrants — both legal and illegal — according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, meaning that fewer native-born Americans are working today than were at the end of 2007."

    All you need to know.

  • iopsyc Dec 19, 2014

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    Yes it is seasonally adjusted.

  • Jack Miller Dec 19, 2014
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    He certainly can't take credit. I am sure they will try to. Sheesh.

  • ditch Dec 19, 2014

    This must be Obama's fault some how.

  • Jennifer King Dec 19, 2014
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    Is this seasonally adjusted? How many people received a cost of living increase this year? How about a holiday bonus?

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 19, 2014

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    That is the people applying for unemployment not the people listed as unemployed. Anyone who is actively seeking work is counted as unemployed whether they have ever been employed before (such as recently graduated college students) or people who have been out workforce for some time (such as mothers returning to the job market after their children reach a certain age).

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 19, 2014

    "This is because of Christmas" so many people will say...."but didn't we have Christmas every year for the last 6 years?" the intelligent person replies!

  • TeaBagOnLove Dec 19, 2014

    Pretty clear how the number keeps dropping though.

    "The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – fell by 12,534 in November, to 4,633,488."
    "Employers added more than 16,000 people to their rolls last month, and the number of people listed as unemployed fell by 23,498, to 270,675."

    Simple math shows that there are less people working as the population of those looking continues to drop.... BUT the over-all population within the state has grown...

  • Tim Wallace Dec 19, 2014
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    Good job Mr. Governor

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