State unemployment rate climbs for second straight month

Posted September 19, 2014


— North Carolina's unemployment rate climbed to 6.8 percent in August, the second consecutive month it has increased, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce.

North Carolina's unemployment rate continues to run slightly higher than the national average, which was 6.1 percent in August.

Employers in the state added better than 12,000 people to their rolls during August, according to the state, but the number of people listed as unemployed climbed by 10,404 from July to August. In total, 314,962 people are listed as unemployed.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – shrank by 18,262 in August to 4,655,835.

The industry with the biggest gain in the number of jobs from July to August was government, with employers reporting gains of 8,500 jobs. Construction and leisure and hospitality employers recorded job losses during the month.


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  • USMC Vet Sep 19, 2014

    I would so dearly love to see a comparison of how many people are on unemployment now versus how many are on welfare, compared with how many were unemployed the spring of 2006 versus how many were on welfare.
    Anyone with even a basic knowledge of economics and social studies knows when a person's unemployment runs out while they've still been unable to find a job, they go to welfare to survive; they have no choice; that makes our unemployment figures look better while our welfare figures look worse, and shows a TRUE picture of what's ACTUALLY going on in this country.
    Yet I've never seen a single US news source do that research and publish those numbers. Wonder why not.

  • USMC Vet Sep 19, 2014

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    I'm a registered Independent/Unaffiliated who does a lot of homework before casting any votes. Anyone who hasn't noticed NEITHER party has OUR best interests at heart for about the past 20 years or so really needs to get their eyes checked (and maybe their heads checked too).

    The first thing politicians consider is how an issue will affect their pockets along with the pockets of their relatives and pals, then how it will affect their own pet projects and private agendas.
    If concern for US and our pockets/needs is in there somewhere, I didn't see it - and haven't for years.

  • tpbwetland Sep 19, 2014

    State unemployment rate increasing? Far above the national average?! The GOP/TeaPartiers have been in charge of the State Guvamint for the last 4 years, and all you hear from them is 'It's the Dems fault cuz they were in charge for a hundred years. When is the rightwing going to start taking responsibility for destroying this state during the last 4 years. The state unemployment rate is up, and it is the State Legislature & Governor are 100% to blame.

  • Wise Man Says Sep 19, 2014

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    I agree, in spite of Obama's bungling of the economy.

  • Bill Brasky Sep 19, 2014

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    Mike, what was the U6 number in mid 2009? Oh it's been dropping from a high of 17%. That's quite an accomplishment.

  • USMC Vet Sep 19, 2014

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    Not only is that rubbish, Perdue reallocated (i.e. stole) funds from the North Carolina Education (cough/gag) Lottery to balance her budget, money that could (should) have gone for teachers raises went to fund all the rest of the NC government, including the private little projects of Democratic politicians, instead of going to help to improve schools.

    But then, that's not the bill of goods we thought we were being sold with the NC Education Lottery. We thought we were being sold something that would improve/enhance education in this state, instead, the legal verbiage says it's to "offset" not to "supplement", so every dollar it brings in just keeps the education system here exactly the same as it was before the Lottery was even passed into law.
    < sarcasm >

  • USMC Vet Sep 19, 2014

    This is about people who don't have jobs, who have little hope of getting one, because employers liquidated jobs at HUGE numbers throughout the US beginning the Spring of 2006 and too few have created new jobs since then.
    That's left the unemployed in this country with few to no jobs to even apply for, let alone get an interview for and hope to get hired for.
    THAT'S WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT, so let's stick to the topic so those this story is reporting can get represented. k

  • Kenny Dunn Sep 19, 2014
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    I'm just sorry for those folks who actually lost their jobs. Hopefully they can bounce back soon.

  • AlbertEinstein Sep 19, 2014

    Incredible - how does unemployment have to do with the political talking points being thrown around by the talking heads groups? Get off it already! The topic here is unemployment, not raises for teachers.

  • Anomalous Canard Sep 19, 2014

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    A book to teach from is a far cry from the days every kid could take home their own book to do things like homework, study for tests, etc. My son goes to Panther Creek HS. He has a 504 plan that says he gets a textbook for home, even if policy is kids don't get their own. He still doesn't have a single book, even though 504 plans are backed by law!