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NC unemployment rate remains below national average

Posted April 21, 2014

— Employers in North Carolina added 10,277 people to their payrolls in March, helping to keep the state’s unemployment rate below the national average for the second straight month.

North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, compared with the national rate of 6.7 percent, according to figures released Monday by the state’s Department of Commerce.

The state’s unemployment rate in February was 6.4 percent, while the national rate was 6.7 percent.

Over the month, the number of unemployed people in North Carolina decreased to 294,658.

“The March jobs report is more welcome news, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “The continued progress that we have made over the last 15 months is evidence that the policy changes we made are working. While we continue to see encouraging results, the hard work is far from over, and we will use the upcoming short session to pursue even more policies that put North Carolinians back to work.”

State officials said job growth happened in seven sectors, including professional and business services; trade, transportation and utilities; education and health; leisure and hospitality; manufacturing and construction. Job losses occurred in the government, finance, mining and logging, and information sectors.

The figures do not take into account unemployed people who have stopped looking for work.


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  • Mike Kallam Apr 22, 2014
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    I'm just hoping a whole bunch of these politicians get to join the ranks of the unemployed come election time.

  • sisu Apr 21, 2014

    You know, by shortening the length of time UE benefits are allowed, they can knock those people of the "unemployed" list more quickly and make it look like we are doing better. Sure it says we got 10,000+ more jobs but we don't actually know how many jobs we lost during that same period.

    RE: shortening the length of UE benefits and claiming improved employment numbers, it's like this...

    Let's say a school's students score an average of 80% on a test.

    Political group "A" wants to say schools are failing. They claim a grading scale where ...
    96-100 is an A, 92-95 is a B, 88 to 91 is a C, 84 to 90 is a D, and anything below an 84 is and F. Ta dah! The school is failing!

    Political group "B" wants to say schools are succeeding. Their grading claims... 80-100 is an A, 60-79 is a B, 40-59 is a C, is a 20-39 is a D, and 0-19 is an F. Suddenly, the same school is a smashing success.

    Same thing with these unemployment numbers. It's all in the framing. Smoke and mirrors.

  • sisu Apr 21, 2014

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    Ahhhh. That is precisely the attitude the "job creators" want you to have.

    Don't you see that by cutting unemployment it creates an even more desperate climate for workers which allows corporations to pocket more for themselves and their shareholders? Many (not all, obviously) of the "job creators" LOVE high unemployment. They get to pay less and demand more. Can't you see it's a vicious cycle and that your advice and attitude are contributing to lower wages and increased burden for 99% of us?

  • durandani Apr 21, 2014

    The WSJ reported that NC had the worst job loss in the country in February, losing over 11,000 jobs. But NC still was able to report a 0.3% lower unemployment rate that month. Definitely some funny math. The NC Dept of Commerce reports that between Feb. 2013 and 2014, the number of people working or looking for work went down by 64,000. Over that period of time, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.6 to 6.4.

    Yes, 10K is a step in the right direction, but NC has so far to go.

  • Kenny Dunn Apr 21, 2014
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    "The figures do not take into account unemployed people who have stopped looking for work or those whose benefits have expired."

    Says much. Still 10000+ new jobs is never a bad thing. Just wish it was better.

  • dk12 Apr 21, 2014

    so with all these people out of work..looking for work..
    why do we need immigrant labor
    for crops? I'm sorry but all those job should be filled by Americans first..oh no American want those jobs..ok stop the unemployment checks. sorry if this job isn't in 'your' pay range..ITS A JOB!!
    I do lots of work that's not 'NOT IN MY' pay grade..but it keeps food on my table and roof over my head..and has since I was unemployed in 2003..suck it up and do the work..

  • Greg Boop Apr 21, 2014
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    This article is a good read and I urge people to check it out.

    I agree that Unemployment coverage should not be extended, but not exactly for the reasons listed in the article. The entire unemployment insurance coverage system is designed to provide coverage for a maximum of 26 weeks. The federal unemployment extensions caused North Carolina and many other states to borrow huge sums of money from the federal government to cover unemployment payouts.

    Limiting the time to 26 weeks force people to actively seek and accept jobs. I personally know a number people who treated their first 8 months of unemployment as a vacation and only actively hunted for a job as they approached 52 weeks plus. Limiting the time period controls this behavior. 99 weeks of unemployment payouts is absurd... and a budget buster that is not designed into the system.

  • 426X3 Apr 21, 2014

    Who did this poll? The reason the numbers are down is because those long term unemployed are so frustrated with not being able to find a job, they are not applying anymore. Therefore they are not counted in these polls.

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Apr 21, 2014
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    A good read........ http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickgleason/2014/04/07/ui-nc/

  • Doug Pawlak Apr 21, 2014
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    "In just 14 short months our rate is 6.3% and we now rank 28th. It has dropped every month except for July of 2013. "

    It has. I don't think it has much to do with his policies though as it was dropping in most states.