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NC unemployment rate dips under 10 percent in February

Posted March 30, 2012

— North Carolina's unemployment rate fell under double digits in February to 9.9 percent, the state Division of Employment Security reported Friday.

More than 8,000 jobs were added last month.

North Carolina's jobless rate was the fourth-highest in the country in January at 10.2 percent. But data released earlier this month also show employers added 17,000 more payroll jobs than they cut in January.

The state's jobless rate fell under 10 percent several months in 2011, but the percentages were adjusted upward after review. A year ago the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent. The national jobless rate in February was 8.3 percent.

Seasonally adjusted non-farm employment grew to 3.962 million in February, an increase of 47,000 over the past year with 44,200 of those coming in the private sector.

Most of the new jobs are in trade, transportation and utilities (11,700), the state said. Education and health services added 10,900 for the second highest total.

The number of people unemployed fell by 11,526 to 462,983.

People seeking employment and/or receiving unemployment benefits are listed among the unemployed. People who have dropped out of the work force are not counted.

North Carolina lost more than 330,000 jobs by the time the national recession bottomed out in February 2010.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte economic forecaster John Connaughton says the state has gained back about a quarter of the jobs lost in the recession.

East Carolina University's James Kleckley says the January jobless figures show the state's economy is improving but was worse than previously thought.

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  • CarolinaTim Mar 30, 2012

    Not dodging any of your questions..it's fun to debate you really but it's 0100 AM where I'm at and I'm signing off.
    We are all Americans and have the right to different views. While I don't agree with many of you I do respect your right to your opinion. It is nice to hear the other sides viewpoint IF IF it remains civil. Good night.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 30, 2012

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, George Bush..........!!!!!!!!!-SmokeWagon

    For what, setting the bar so low anyone could improve upon it?

  • Offshore Mar 30, 2012

    Yep, the private sector is slowly coming to life and hiring. We know it's not because Obama has spent trillions on failed plans.
    I wonder if the Pres runs his personal finances the way he runs the countries? What a mess. Nov2012>Time for Change!

  • SmokeWagon Mar 30, 2012

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, George Bush..........!!!!!!!!!

  • CarolinaTim Mar 30, 2012

    If you live in the United States, then support your president without being so negative. President Obama is doing a great job while in office.
    charmcclainlovesdogs2
    Um... H. Clinton said dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Is that only if you are a leftie calling Bush/Cheney a war criminal? Well?
    In fact it seem as if I remember someone about 4 yrs ago speaking about Pres. Bush saying he was air raiding villages and killing innocent civilians. Who could that negative nanny be? It was Mr. Obama. Say it isn't so. Couldn't we say the same thing about this president? Should we treat him the same as the media treated and the lefties treated Pres. Bush? Will you call this president a murderer like Mr. Obama called Bush?
    Geesh. Liberals! The hypocrisy.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 30, 2012

    CarolinaTim,

    -Yeah. It only took 2 years of democrat majority in congress to cause a financial disaster. Good job leftie.

    Not taking into account all the bad mortgages written for YEARS before hand by banks looking to make a quick profit?

    - Funny how the republicans tried to stop this disaster and the democrats played the race card and said Fred/Fan was working perfectly,

    Oh now you are *suddenly remembering* but throwing some spin on.

    - Obama spent a trillion dollars and three+ yrs later we a still at 9% unemployment.

    And Bush spent a trillion dollars to prevent a recession! How did that work out BTW?

    - Yea timelines and facts are funny.

    Especially when you contradict your own!

  • Bill Brasky Mar 30, 2012

    "So you agree that things were quite well under Bush for his 8 years? Thank you. A liberal finally giving Bush some credit!! But since Obama took over, not so good huh?"

    Tim, reread my post. I stated that NC was doing quite well for the past 100 years...Besides, who was president when the US economy started tanking in early 2006 and finally crashed in 2008? Are you sure you went to Carolina?

  • CarolinaTim Mar 30, 2012

    So you agree that things were quite well under Bush for his 8 years? Thank you. A liberal finally giving Bush some credit!! But since Obama took over, not so good huh?-CarolinaTim

    Yeah until 2008 when we went belly up....THEN Obama took over in 2009. Facts and timelines are funny, eh?
    WooHoo2You

    Yeah. It only took 2 years of democrat majority in congress to cause a financial disaster. Good job leftie.

    You want funny, eh?
    Look at the link that I provided for you. Real funny stuff there. Funny how the republicans tried to stop this disaster and the democrats played the race card and said Fred/Fan was working perfectly, nothing is wrong, its not broke/don't need fixing, F. Rains is doing a remarkable job...isn't he in prison now?
    Obama spent a trillion dollars and three+ yrs later we a still at 9% unemployment. Great job Mr. Pres.
    Yea timelines and facts are funny.
    Look at the link if you have any guts. eh

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Mar 30, 2012

    If you live in the United States, then support your president without being so negative. President Obama is doing a great job while in office.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 30, 2012

    So you agree that things were quite well under Bush for his 8 years? Thank you. A liberal finally giving Bush some credit!! But since Obama took over, not so good huh?-CarolinaTim

    Yeah until 2008 when we went belly up....THEN Obama took over in 2009. Facts and timelines are funny, eh?

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