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Unemployment up in every N.C. county

Posted January 6, 2009

— Unemployment increased in all 100 North Carolina counties in November, according to state figures released Tuesday, and the number of counties with at least 10 percent unemployment quadrupled.

“Manufacturing, retail trade and services sectors have been hit hard during this national and worldwide economic slump,” Harry Payne, chairman of the state Employment Security Commission, said in a statement. “Retail trade was down because many employers did not take on more workers during the holiday season as they have in the past. Also, textile and furniture manufacturing continue to struggle in the global economy.”

Total employment dropped in November by 80,559 workers, while 43,601 workers joined the ranks of the jobless during the month. The number of unemployed in North Carolina is at an all-time high.

Orange County, which has a 4.7 percent unemployment rate, is the only county in the state where unemployment is below 5 percent. Meanwhile, the number of counties with unemployment at or above 10 percent jumped from four in October to 17 in November.

Edgecombe County has the state's highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent, followed by Scotland County at 13.1 percent.

Both Wake and Durham counties reported 5.8 percent unemployment, while Cumberland County posted a 7.6 percent unemployment rate. Johnston and Franklin counties each had unemployment rates of 7.4 percent.

Statewide, $127.6 million in unemployment benefits was paid to 141,298 people, compared with $119.2 million to 123,207 people in October.


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  • whatusay Jan 6, 2009

    in2horses...sorry but you have been brain washed. There are thousands of jobs here in NC that NC citizens would love to have but employers would rather hire illegals. Many reasons, 1. they won't vote for a union 2.they work for less 3.when they are underpaid who can they complain to 4.they don't go through the unemployment services 5.unemploytment insurance is cheaper for employers 6. do not pay them for vacations 7.don't pay health or life insurance for them.

    Of course there are a few exceptions, but overall they work cheaper and cost the employer less money and create less headaches when they are fired.

  • Smokin Jan 6, 2009

    Cities and towns are just like states and the country. The government of each is only interested in maintaining ITSELF.

  • bs101fly Jan 6, 2009

    "IF cities and towns raise taxes this year it will showthe complete lack of concern "

    good try, next.

    they'll be raising our taxes and THAT you can count on!

  • original intent Jan 6, 2009

    CAVEMAN...you forgot about stockpiling ammo!!

  • Caveman93 Jan 6, 2009

    What people fail to recognize is that we can no longer consume endlessly. It will be up to the small business once again to bring back a real economy. Our elected officials no longer care about us and just want us to be all debt slaves. start saving, spend less, stockpile food and take care of your families needs. BTW..since the banks are not lending can we please have our $700 billion back? I'd like to start a company.

  • ibbott41 Jan 6, 2009

    To Whatusay you are right. There are so many companies in North Carolina still hiring illegal aliens.American People are suffering unemployed all over Siler City, Sanford, Pittsboro, But Illegal aliens have nothing to worry about they have jobs at Tyson Chicken, Pilgrims Pride, Coty. to mention a few. Where is ICE?

  • in2horses Jan 6, 2009

    The reason employers are hiring illegals is simple.... they work for less money and do the jobs the NC or US citizens don't want to do. So get over it!!

  • whatusay Jan 6, 2009

    There would be plenty more jobs available to NC citizens if employers were not hiring and working illegals. I can't believe our elected officials are ignoring this.

  • cragan Jan 6, 2009

    IF cities and towns raise taxes this year it will showthe complete lack of concern for the people that live in those towns

  • Smokin Jan 6, 2009

    Sweet-n-sour, the bailout helps to keep doors open which keeps people working. Oh, and if we divide up the money amongst tax payers, those that pay the most should get the most, right? How about those who don't pay taxes yet are waiting for their stimulus tax "rebate"???

    I'm not happy about the bailout, personally, if I can't pay my bills, they come take my stuff. Companies AND governments should be held to the same standard. Oh, wait, the government just prints money and raises taxes on those who already pay their fair share.