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NC unemployment rate falls, still lags behind national average

Posted December 20, 2011

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— Unemployment numbers in North Carolina continue to lag behind the national average. 

North Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, announced Tuesday, sits at 10 percent, down from the October rate of 10.4 percent. 

The state's unemployment numbers still sit much higher than the national average, which checks in at 8.6 percent in November. 

The number of people unemployed in North Carolina decreased 3.5 percent in November to 451,413, down from nearly 470,000 in October. 

It has been a year since North Carolina's jobless rate was on par with the rest of the nation. The unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in November 2010 for both North Carolina and the national average. 

The state paid $267.1 million in Unemployment Insurance benefits to claimants in November. Those payments include state and federally funded benefits. 

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  • Lamborghini Mercy Dec 21, 2011

    mep - Anyone feeling "stimulated" yet? Hope and change working for you?

    Change never happened because congress won't comply with the President. I guess when the 1% owns 90% of America's distributed wealth you'll get the picture.

  • smegma Dec 21, 2011

    lol "lags".. like it's a bad thing we're behind the "national average" on unemployment figures

  • mep Dec 21, 2011

    Anyone feeling "stimulated" yet?
    Hope and change working for you?

  • cantstandya Dec 20, 2011

    Both parties are taking advantage of the American workforces disadvantages,trying to compete with countries our leadership has given the right to underbid,undersell and underegulate,leaving the balance in their favor while having no impact on those in political office who offered us up as bait for their political gains in foreign contries.

  • cantstandya Dec 20, 2011

    Seasonally adjusted means many have been out of work this season and will still be out next season at this rate.

  • WooHoo2You Dec 20, 2011

    "Another person that fails to understand what SEASONALLY ADJUSTED means…."

    Except that these numbers were 'seasonally adjusted' before all the hiring was completed, and also includes those who have dropped off the 'looking for work' list.

    It's not stable and until we see a long trend of downward unemployment month over month, we're far from heading in the right direction.-Nancy

    Your post just proves you still do not understand or want to understand what "seasonally adjusted" means.

  • Nancy Dec 20, 2011

    "Another person that fails to understand what SEASONALLY ADJUSTED means…."

    Except that these numbers were 'seasonally adjusted' before all the hiring was completed, and also includes those who have dropped off the 'looking for work' list.

    It's not stable and until we see a long trend of downward unemployment month over month, we're far from heading in the right direction.

  • Jakethesnake Dec 20, 2011

    wait wait republicans, let me beat you to it. "smoke and mirrors" "drinking koolaid" LOL, sorry for the good news on the economy republicans, and actually just about everything in the country is on the up and up. We all know you repubs are praying for the failure of our country so you have a chance at the election. HA!

  • flashsparks Dec 20, 2011

    "get real folks they have no idea more than anyone on this site as to who is out of work or not,only people collecting unemployment benefits can accuretly be counted"

    Agree 100%. NC unemployment rate is much higer.

  • vraptor Dec 20, 2011

    I do not trust the numbers.

    FACT. This admin has changed the unemployment equation. If the equation used in 2007 was used today. The national unemployment rate would be 11%+.

    WRAL. How big is the tab now; that NC has borrowed from the fed to pay NC employment benefits??? $3T+? What is the plan to pay it back??? The fed is asking for it.

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