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NC leads US in lost jobs in November

Posted December 17, 2010

— North Carolina's unemployment rate is up as the state led the country in the number of jobs lost in November. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Carolina lost 12,500 jobs in November, the most in the country.

Job losses were worse in trade, transportation and utilities (a drop of 5,200) and leisure and hospitality (down 5,200). Construction and manufacturing jobs also fell by 2,300 and 1,600 respectively.

David Clegg, deputy chairman of the Employment Security Commission, pointed out that not all jobs lost to the count represent people who were laid off or fired. 

"Those specific positions could have transitioned out of the labor market for a number of reasons. There could have been a restructuring. There could be a merger. They could have been taken off the books for tax purposes," he said.

Clegg said the decline has been happening for years.

"Of course it concerns me," he said. "Since the end of 2008, NC has lost 282,000 jobs. That is larger than some state's labor market entirely."

But in November, Clegg added, the number of newly unemployed people only grew by 3,300 people.

"That is good news for the economy as a whole," he said, because the unemployed represent a small portion of the nearly 4.5 million people in the North Carolina workforce.

Unemployment is down from this time last year, but that means nothing to Claretta Sutton, an unemployed Greensboro resident.

"I got a B.S. degree in management, organization and development, and there's hard to find a job even if you have your degree," she said.

Clegg said overall, North Carolina's economic forecast is looking up. The education and health services sector, for example, added 4,800 jobs in November.

The state's Employment Security Commission on Friday reported that North Carolina's unemployment rate ticked higher from 9.6 percent in October to 9.7 percent in November.

The October rate was the lowest since January of 2009, but the change resulted from thousands of people dropping off payrolls and out of the job hunt, not because more workers found employment. The number of people working fell by more than 8,000 to 4,033,121.

The number of people seeking work or receiving unemployment benefits and therefore counted as part of the work force on which the employment rate is calculated increased by nearly 5,000 to 433,240 compared to October.

The national unemployment rate also rose in November to 9.8 percent. November is the second straight month since March 2008 that North Carolina's unemployment rate wasn't higher than the national average.


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  • quaten Dec 17, 2010

    Gary_too - interesting point.
    The baby-boomers are reaching retirement age, and their children have graduated by now, and the grandchildren are not seeking the entry level positions for abject labor... somebody has to work at the fast-food drive-thru, and somebody has mow the lawns. Question is - what are the grandchildren of the boomers doing?

  • boogerntcsmom Dec 17, 2010

    The biggest problem is to many people want to be a chief & no one wants to be an Indian. Too many people have decided that they want the money but really don't want to work for it. If they can draw money from unemployment rather than work then they will sit at home complaining about not having a job rather than working to find one. We must each be responsible for ourselves. As a society, we have gotten way to cocky thinking that we are better than jobs that are available. We need to quit pointing fingers at others and take a real hard look at ourselves. Change starts with us. Politicians tell us what we want to hear & then they have their own agenda. Until we as a society take responsibility for our own welfare nothing will change. Laws need to be changed & jobs need to be brought back to the US. The US should clean up our kitchen before we try cleaning up the kitchens' of other countries. Take a personal look at what we can each do to bring this country, state back.

  • Juncyard Dec 17, 2010

    Gary_Too, what does this have to do with you defrauding unemployment?

  • Gary_too Dec 17, 2010

    In the April-May-June quarter, foreign-born workers in the U.S. gained 656,000 jobs. And native-born Americans lost 1.2 million.
    From July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, foreign-born Hispanics gained 98,000 construction jobs. Native-born Hispanics lost 133,000. Black and white U.S. construction workers lost 511,000 jobs.

    According to the Center for Immigration Studies, from Jan. 1, 2000, to Jan. 1, 2010, 13.1 million immigrants, legal and illegal, entered the United States, a decade in which America lost 1 million jobs.

    From 2008 and 2009, the figures are startling. In 24 months, 2.4 million immigrants, legal and illegal, arrived, as U.S. citizens were losing 8.6 million jobs.

    Query: Why are we importing a million-plus workers a year when 17 million Americans can't find work?

    Whose country is this?

  • quaten Dec 17, 2010

    The employment numbers will rise next Feburary, and again next spring. In Feburary, the corporate budgets will recover. In the spring the construction trades will pick back up. In both cases temp and migrant labor will be in demand again.

  • dougdeep Dec 17, 2010

    NC #1 !

  • working for deadbeats Dec 17, 2010

    Way to go NC!! Obama's change was great.

  • njyankee007 Dec 17, 2010

    What ever happened to the economy improving? It is sad that this state is one of the leaders in job loss!!

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Dec 17, 2010

    15 months and counting for me. Kinda makes Christmas a humbug for me and my family.

    WHERE ARE THE PROMISED JOBS?!?!? (I'm not talking the seasonal minimum wage ones, I mea gainful employment!)

  • beachman Dec 17, 2010

    keepin it real in nc.. No she was not voted in just because she was a woman. She was voted in because she was a democrat. You know the straight party ticket voters. That voted for Obama.