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N.C. jobless rate increases to record 11.2 percent

Posted March 26, 2010

— North Carolina’s unemployment rate set another unwanted record in February.

The state’s jobless rate increased to 11.2 percent from the previous record of 11.1 percent set in January.

Data released by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission on Friday showed a drop of 2,800 non-farm jobs last month. That is a seasonably adjusted figure, which economists consider a more reliable measure of the employment landscape.

Further affecting the jobless picture was the return of more than 11,000 people to the work force who were seeking jobs. Some 2,800 did find work.

People who aren’t working and have stopped looking for work are not counted in unemployment rates. When they start seeking jobs again, they are counted.

“Our data shows how difficult economic recovery can be,” said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes in a statement. “We are seeing an increased re-engagement into the state’s labor force with a gain of over 11,000 people in February. While we remain cautious, this could be a sign that more people are re-entering the labor force because they believe more work is available.

“It’s going to take many consecutive months of job gains to get employment levels back up,” she added.

The seasonably adjusted workforce numbers are based on surveys of businesses.

Non-farm jobs totaled nearly 3.9 million in February. That’s down more than 94,000 from a year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate in February was 9.7 percent.

North Carolina’s jobless rate reached 11 percent in June and July of last year, decreased slightly to 10.9 percent for the next five months, then worsened again in January.

According to ESC data, some 2,600 education and health services jobs were added in February. However, those were offset by the loss of 2,400 construction jobs.




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  • kggg21 Mar 26, 2010 should try using spell check.

  • tsquaring Mar 26, 2010

    Wow, imagine when the health care bill starts killing more jobs. There's the "change" you voted for...

  • hardwork919 Mar 26, 2010

    colliedave, putting up different things he's "lied" about doesn't have anything to do with what he'll gain by destroying America... is he doing it simply so he can say "I did it?" Highly unlikely. Here's your tinfoil hat back.

  • mootybird Mar 26, 2010

    I hate to be pessimistic, but I just don't think a lot of the lost jobs will be coming back anytime soon. Construction and real estate will be in the doldrums for a good while,service jobs are not being created, and since 1995 manufacturing has done nothing but bleed jobs. Throw in the precarious position of state and local governments and the burden of federal deficits, and we've got a tiger by the tail. The 2 million green jobs promised in the election are nothing but an illusion, and technology jobs are still being offshored.Although I agreed that health reform was needed, such a massive entitlement program was the wrong thing at the wrong time.

  • colliedave Mar 26, 2010

    Why does he hate America? ... Why would it benefit him to see the country crumble? Can you even answer these questions without some type of conspiracy theory? Do you have any facts to support this hardwork919

    His favorite book is "Rules for Radicals." Look at his pastor of 20 years. Look at his friendship with William Aires. Look at his friendship with Farakhan. Explain why he refuses to release his medical records and his writings of his college years.

    Explain the fact he lied about being a tenured from at the University of Chicago and was instead just a part-time lecturer. Explain why he was a community organizer but was too good to live in the 'hood. There is a look that needs explaining that the mainstream media swept under the carpet to dupe individuals such as you to believe in his lies.

  • Wheelman Mar 26, 2010

    If you factor in those that have quit looking for a job the rate would be around 20 percent. You think things are bad now wait until the inflation from all of the government spending kicks in and the stock markets start to tank again. Eleven percent will look like a recovery. It will take decades to ever recover from what we have let our government do to us, if we ever recover.

  • mootybird Mar 26, 2010

    Here are my ideas to increase employment
    1.there are 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to be here now- send half of them back and we pick up 3 to 6 million jobs.
    2. End the war in Aghhanistan-save $10 billion a month and put the troops on the mexican border.
    3.Start drilling for oil and natural gas and save the $ 50 billion going to the Middle east every month and create half a million jobs.
    4. Cut every department in the federal government by 10%, and put the savings in job creation.
    5. Make Wal-Mart buy American products- 500,000 new jobs. 6. Tax the hell out of companies going offshore

  • UNC9196 Mar 26, 2010

    walences, we had a surplus because Clinton destroyed our armed forces, cutting millions to fund more welfare. Bush had to build it back up after we were attacked on 911.

  • walences Mar 26, 2010

    The republican aristocracy is wholely responsible for this mess. Their unbridled greet had turned on them. They tried to squeeze the last penny out of us and we turned on them. At the end of the Clinton presidency, we had a surplus!

  • Finz Up Mar 26, 2010

    "President Obama is cleaning up that mess. Have a great weekend. Cheers!"

    Yeah it shows....."How highs the water mama...7 feet high and rising". Business losing more money this month. Keep up the great work Barry.