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N.C. unemployment rate dips slightly in August to 9.7%

Posted September 17, 2010

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— Unemployment in North Carolina fell slightly in August to 9.7 percent, down from 9.8 percent in July.

The jobless rate has now fallen for five consecutive months, according to data from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Unemployment is at its lowest level since January 2009.

Non-farm jobs increased by 18,600 last month, the ESC reported.

The state's jobless rate stayed higher than the national figure of 9.5 percent for July. The state rate had topped the national figure since February 2008 and had been above 10 percent since January 2009.

The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday that first-time applications for jobless benefits fell to the lowest level in two months.

“The August data showed improvement in job growth,” said ESC Chairman Lynn R. Holmes. “Several employment sectors experienced an increase in jobs. While local education accounted for most of the job growth, there was an increase of 4,800 jobs in the private sector. We are beginning to see growth in the professional and business services and the manufacturing sectors.”

However, the ESC also noted that seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 14,743 workers. Economist consider the adjusted figure more reliable when assessing trends.

A year ago, unemployment stood at 10.9 percent.

Some 24,099 more people are working than a year ago, the ESC added.
 

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  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 17, 2010

    Hopefully the next thing we'll know is Hannity, Beck, and Limbaugh being arrested for stupidity and their entertainment shows ended by force!

  • wildervb Sep 17, 2010

    "You are right! He is a fraud, a con artist and a Marxist. He IS trying to destroy the country, it is how he was brought up. Stand tall!"

    Another example of the hate speech from the radical right. Name calling as always, without facts, without intelligent thought.

  • yankee1 Sep 17, 2010

    Stand your ground anti-Obamaites. The Obamabots see their hero crumbling before their eyes. Rather than admit that they are the fools for buying into his deception, they will attack your intelligence for seeing what he was before the election. It's game over! You are right! He is a fraud, a con artist and a Marxist. He IS trying to destroy the country, it is how he was brought up. Stand tall!

  • Plenty Coups Sep 17, 2010

    "If you counted THAT number you'd have 28% unemployment!!!! OMG!!!!

    And if you counted old people in the hospital? That number would be 34%!!!!!! Heaven Help Us!!!"

    Careful Mako. Next thing you know Hannity, Beck, or Limbaugh will be quoting that new number and we'll start seeing references to it here from the Tea Party anti-tax group.

  • Bill Brasky Sep 17, 2010

    See you guys later, I'm gonna go home and "entitle" myself to a few beers.

  • rescuefan Sep 17, 2010

    "Well, according to your profile which reads: "We all choose who or what to fight for. I choose to fight for innocent animals.' Don't worry, liberals always contradict themselves.
    RedStatesManWatts"

    Ummm, yes but at least I fight for and against things that are actually real. Unlike the birthers. They are fighting against something that is only a delusion. Not the least bit contradictory on my part.

  • RedStatesManWatts Sep 17, 2010

    rescuefan- "Funny how the birthers pick and choose which sites to view and only select the ones that might support their delusions."
    Well, according to your profile which reads:
    "We all choose who or what to fight for. I choose to fight for innocent animals.'
    Don't worry, liberals always contradict themselves.

  • MakoII Sep 17, 2010

    http://www.bls.gov/

    This website answers all your counting employment questions.

    as to flipmyselfabird, guess what they ALSO don't count? Children who are under 13 years old and NOT WORKING!

    If you counted THAT number you'd have 28% unemployment!!!! OMG!!!!

    And if you counted old people in the hospital? That number would be 34%!!!!!! Heaven Help Us!!!

  • GWALLY Sep 17, 2010

    VOTE baby VOTE.......Help put a liberal/entitlement democrat back into the private sector...you know the sector they understand SO WELL and have done SO MUCH for!!!!!!

  • MakoII Sep 17, 2010

    Hey, GWALLY, Go FETCH! http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

    Bad Boy! You just sat there drooling on yourself again...

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