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Reworked NC jobless rate still tops 10 percent

Posted March 13, 2012

— After re-examining calculations that went into North Carolina's jobless figures last year, officials said Tuesday that the state's unemployment rate remains above 10 percent.

The January rate was 10.2 percent, down slightly from 10.4 percent in December. Before the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised its calculations this week as part of a nationwide benchmark process, the December unemployment rate had been listed as 9.9 percent.

North Carolina's jobless rate was almost 2 percentage points above the national rate of 8.3 percent for January.

The state added about 17,000 non-farm jobs in January, officials said, and about 55,400 jobs during 2011.

"We are encouraged by total job growth since this time last year and the job gains in January," Dale Carroll, deputy secretary of the Department of Commerce, said in a statement. "There were job increases in a majority of the job sectors."

The state unemployment rate in January 2011 was 10.5 percent. The number of unemployed people in North Carolina dropped by more than 10,700 in the past year, to 476,276.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector saw the largest employment jump in January, adding 6,200 jobs. The professional and business services sector added 3,900, manufacturing added 3,100 and financial activities added 2,800.

The leisure and hospitality sector lost 1,200 jobs during the month, while construction lost 1,000 jobs.

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  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 14, 2012

    "Not being able to compete with illegal labor has changed the face of construction for years."

    Yup...y'all were getting paid too much to begin with anyway. That's really your own fault.

  • atozca Mar 14, 2012

    "Anyone who has been in the construction industry can verify things are not getting too much better"

    Again, not true. Construction is also beginign to pick up. Again, it isn't back to pre recession levels yet, but it is improving. ezek

    lol, the article also notes that 1,000 construction jobs were lost last month. We have worked in that industry for the last 25 years.... closed our company in 2009 due to lack of work. Not being able to compete with illegal labor has changed the face of construction for years. Those who continue to hire and work illegal labor are still winning bids.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 14, 2012

    Well, we can understand why the little right wing REPUBLICAN NC Legislature has done NOTHING on that "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!" lie that they used to get simple people to vote for them. They've been real busy working on a far right social agenda to deprive people of their rights, giving their staff big raises, and raising the taxes (tolls) on the NC ferry system. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER AND VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS!! You'll be glad you did

    I was out of work for seven months, you know how I found a job so quickly? I wasn't hanging out on message boards pointing fingers and blaming someone else for my situation. if Obama cant destroy the country in 3 years, as you all like to say he isnt. Then 100 years of democrat rule in this state cannot be wrecked by republicans in a few years. Hyperbole and strawman much

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 14, 2012

    "At one time we had family owned and operated companies,people of the community,proud of the products they produced,employee loyalty as well as employer loyalty,now it's stockholders,wallstreet and the markets that control these operations"

    It's called "capitalism" Why are you against the American way of business? Why do you hate America so much?

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 14, 2012

    "Anyone who has been in the construction industry can verify things are not getting too much better"

    Again, not true. Construction is also beginign to pick up. Again, it isn't back to pre recession levels yet, but it is improving.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 14, 2012

    “Although we have seen a drastic decline in the textile industry, the apparel industry has fared much worse, experiencing a 70% decline in jobs and 55% of plants from 1996 to 2006. The textile industry by comparison has only lost 63% of jobs and 32% of plants from 1996. However, the textile industry (NAICS 313 and 314) is almost three times bigger than the apparel industry (NAICS 315) in North Carolina, and employs more than 59,000 workers, accounting for 10.7% of all manufacturing employment. Apparel jobs number just over 20,000 in comparison.”

    One of the biggest threats to our textile firms didn’t even appear until 2005.

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Mar 14, 2012

    Once again, Nancy, you are terribly wrong here. The trend continued well into this decade.

    http://www.soc.duke.edu/NC_GlobalEconomy/textiles/overview.shtml

    “The overall decline of the industry is witnessed by the precipitous drop in factories and jobs that was brought on by structural changes in the global economy. In 1996, there were 2,153 textile and apparel plants in North Carolina employing 233,715 people. By 2006, there had been a 40% decline in the number of plants, to 1,282 plants, and a 65% decrease in employment to 80,232 workers (see Table 2a). The reasons for this decline are many, but four principal themes can be discerned:”

  • miseem Mar 13, 2012

    You got it right geosol. About the only thing the GOP legislature has done that they can possibly claim would boost employment is reducing the 1% sales tax. What puzzles me is why that 75 cents per week I'm saving hasn't shown up in employment figures. Most of their other accomplishments involve cutting education funds, raising fees and sticking their nose into your private life. That's a real job creation agenda.

  • storchheim Mar 13, 2012

    "foreign ownerships look like a lifeline but in reality is more like a noose." - muggs

    BRAVO, Muggs! You do have a way with words!

    Heisenberg, sorry that happened to you, too.

  • geosol Mar 13, 2012

    Well, we can understand why the little right wing REPUBLICAN NC Legislature has done NOTHING on that "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!" lie that they used to get simple people to vote for them. They've been real busy working on a far right social agenda to deprive people of their rights, giving their staff big raises, and raising the taxes (tolls) on the NC ferry system. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER AND VOTE OUT ALL REPUBLICANS!! You'll be glad you did.

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