NC unemployment rate holds steady in August

Posted September 18, 2015


— Private-sector job growth slowed in North Carolina in August, and more people were listed as unemployed, but the state's unemployment rate held steady at 5.9 percent, according to data released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

After hitting a low of 5.3 percent in January and February, the North Carolina unemployment rate has climbed steadily, hitting 5.9 percent in July and August.

The national unemployment rate has been falling, from 5.8 percent in November 2014 to 5.1 percent in August.

In August, 8,844 fewer people were listed as employed in North Carolina, and the state's labor force shrank by 6,804, from 4,761,155 to 4,754,351. An additional 2,040 people were listed as unemployed.

Several industries, including construction and manufacturing, saw job gains in August. Education and health services and government sectors recorded losses.

Private employers added about 4,300 jobs during the month.


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  • Carl Keehn Sep 18, 2015
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    Mr. Boswell, I continue to see you applying the same distortions and false claims, no matter how many times you are called on them.

    In 2010, the Legislature became solidly Republican, both House and Senate. Your figures for 2012 and 2013 would be laid solidly on the party in power, the Republicans.

  • Tom Boswell Sep 18, 2015
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    When McCrory took office the unemployment rate was 9.5% and we were ranked the 47th highest rate. Today we are 5.9% and our ranked 38th. The drop of 3.6% since McCrory took office represents the second largest decrease in the country. Rhode Island has the largest drop. According to the Gallup job creation index we were ranked 43rd in 2013 based on the Democrats 2012 policies. In one year under Republican control we are now ranked 30th.