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State unemployment rate drops to 6.3 percent in October

Posted November 21, 2014

— Employers in North Carolina added more than 17,000 jobs in October, helping push the state's unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, according to North Carolina Department of Commerce Data released Friday.

North Carolina's unemployment rate continues to run slightly above the national average, which was 5.8 percent in October. The state unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in September and 6.8 percent in August.

Employers in the state added more than 17,000 people to their rolls last month, and the number of people listed as unemployed fell by 16,685 during the month. In total, 293,635 North Carolinians are listed as unemployed.

The state's labor force – the number of people employed plus those actively looking for work – climbed by 823 in October. to 4,646,365.

Education and health services, leisure and hospitality services and government were the industries with the biggest job gains in October. Private employers added nearly 14,000 jobs. Financial activities and information industries were the only industries to report losses.

Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that North Carolina has now "recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession."

"We will remain focused on long-term job creation because North Carolina will continue to attract people and businesses because of the improvements we've made to the business climate and quality of life through tax reform and investments in areas such as education," McCrory said in a statement.


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  • bmac813 Nov 21, 2014

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    You won't hear that on MSNBC, They would give Obama Credit.

  • theliberadicator Nov 21, 2014

    Thank you Pat and GOP. Keep it coming.

  • NotAgain Nov 21, 2014

    Obama has finally got this country back to where it belongs. Now stop the GOP attack on the middle class and we will be in great shape.

  • Danny22 Nov 21, 2014

    So much for that. But with a president working against businesses with obamacare and immigration, the future is bleak.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 21, 2014
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    Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that North Carolina has now "recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession."
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/state-unemployment-rate-drops-to-6-3-percent-in-october/14207310/#zGDvAzXI8urCVZPc.99..... Sorry but that dog don't hunt. They base these figures on how many people are receiving unemployment but it's not an accurate indicator because people are getting dropped form unemployment left and right for using up their allotted benefits..

  • Tom Boswell Nov 21, 2014
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    How can I have a duplicate post when you have not posted by first comments??

  • Tom Boswell Nov 21, 2014
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    The rate just did not drop but the .4% decease represents the second largest drop from September to October. Kentucky's rate dropped the most by .5%. Since McCrory took office in January of 2013, the rate had dropped by 3.2% which is the largest decrease in the country. South Carolina is second.

  • arfamr1010 Nov 21, 2014

    Thanks Pat and republican GA.