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State unemployment rate dips as employers shed jobs

Posted December 20, 2013

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— Despite a sharp dip in North Carolina's unemployment rate in November, employers in the state shed jobs during the month, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Commerce. 

The unemployment rate was down to 7.4 percent in November from 8 percent in October, the lowest in nearly five years. 

The state's labor force shrank in November, falling 8,101, to 4,658,113. The number of people unemployed fell 28,138, from 371,749 in October to 343,611 in November. 

About 4,314,502 people were listed as employed in November, up about 20,000 since October.

Once people without a job stop looking for a job, the government no longer counts them as unemployed.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says North Carolina and California saw the country's second-largest fall in unemployment rates in the past year, after Florida.

The federal government said last week that employers added 200,000 jobs across the country last month, and the national unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low of 7 percent in November.

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  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Dec 20, 7:57 p.m.

    "til we get rid of obamacare, the economy will never rebound like it did under Bush's average unemployment of 5%. If Clinton had not signed NAFTA and Obama, obamacare, things would be hopping about now." - danny22

    Nice try!

    The decline of the American economy began in 2001 with Bush's massive outsourcing efforts, massive tax cuts for the upper 1%, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 9/11. By the time Obama took office, he was like an ant trying to stop a speeding downhill train.

    NAFTA and the ACA are mere grains of sand on Bush's Disaster Beach.

    And I'm only mentioning the issue of money here. It may surprise you to know that there are many other aspects of American society which have suffered besides money - stories for another time.

  • oldernbudwizer Dec 20, 7:44 p.m.

    "The unemployment rate was down to 7.4 percent in November from 8 percent in October, the lowest in nearly five years.

    The state's labor force shrank in November, falling 8,101, to 4,658,113. The number of people unemployed fell 28,138, from 371,749 in October to 343,611 in November."

    Hopefully, the unemployed shrank due to people leaving this state and going to a state in which the government actually cares about the people who provides their paychecks and funds their "special projects" brought to them by lobbyists, who pad their pockets even more.

  • Danny22 Dec 20, 7:41 p.m.

    until we get rid of obamacare, the economy will never rebound like it did under Bush's average unemployment of 5%. If Clinton had not signed NAFTA and Obama, obamacare, things would be hopping about now.

  • lessismore Dec 20, 7:38 p.m.

    Actually it's over 10%....

    That's Obama

  • veryfrustrated1 Dec 20, 7:35 p.m.

    President obama has now been documented as publically stating that jobs and the economy are his number 1 focus, more than 800 times, since his 1st presidential campaign. Do you remember the shovel ready jobs that he finally later admitted never actually existed even though he gauranteed them in many brash speeches?

  • A person Dec 20, 6:59 p.m.

    So, is this the great economic boom the Republicans promised us? Losing jobs is not good news.

    AliceBToklas

    Have you seen what the Dem in the Whitehouse is doing to the economy of this country?? My God, if there is a way to kill an economy he will certainly find it and has

  • beaupeep Dec 20, 6:21 p.m.

    "So, is this the great economic boom the Republicans promised us? Losing jobs is not good news." - AliceBToklas

    Apparently BoBama's "laser-like" focus is about as effective as Buzz Lightyear's.

  • uscnnc Dec 20, 5:36 p.m.

    The State Unemployment Rate* is lower.

    The number of jobs is lower. The number of unemployed individuals, whether applying for UI benefits or not is still high. Higher than other states.

    The US DoL should question the validity of these figures

    Where are all these jobs, Mr. Tillis?

    You liberals are funny. You praise the numbers when the national rate goes down, even though the rate drops as people quit looking for work but bash the numbers when a republican is in charge and state numbers go down due to the same reasons. Anyone with half a brain understands the numbers are off. NC real UE rate is probably near 9% and the national rate is probably near 13-14%. Sheep will always be sheep.

  • uscnnc Dec 20, 5:30 p.m.

    So, is this the great economic boom the Republicans promised us? Losing jobs is not good news.

    I bet you feel the same way about Obama and the democrats.

  • AliceBToklas Dec 20, 4:25 p.m.

    So, is this the great economic boom the Republicans promised us? Losing jobs is not good news.

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