March unemployment rate falls in 99 NC counties

Posted May 1, 2013

— The unemployment rate dropped in 99 of North Carolina's 100 counties in March, according to state figures released Wednesday. 

The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, down from 9.2 percent in February. 

Numbers were also better in the Triangle in March, falling from 7.5 percent in February to 7.1 percent. Wake County's March unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent. 

Orange County's 5.6 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in North Carolina. 

The number of people employed increased in March by 17,248, climbing to 4,273,673. The number of people unemployed fell 26,855 over the month to 419,546.

When national numbers were released April 19, only 23 states reported a net gain in hiring in March, the fewest since 2011. 

Employers cut jobs in 26 states, and New Mexico reported little change. That was much worse than in February, when 42 states reported job gains.

Nationwide, hiring slowed sharply in March. Employers added only 88,000 jobs, down from an average of 220,000 from November through February. The national unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent, but only because more Americans ended their job searches.


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  • Terkel May 2, 2013

    "I think it speaks volumes that so many people see such a bleak economy and opportunities that they have just given up trying. That is the kind of motivator we have in the white house, the kind that inspires people to just give up. Sad." D Thorne

    Well said. Every day I read about more and more being handed to illegals and professional welfare frauds. People are being sought out to sign up for food stamps. It's openly acknowledged that when UE runs out, dishonest people (their name is LEGION) sign up fraudulently for SSDI.

    And things drift further out of control, and out of reach of the good old middle class, every day.

  • Terkel May 2, 2013

    "Anyone who is *looking for a job* is counted…are you new here???"

    How are they measured? By the same methods that showed 880,000 new jobs "created" right before the last Pres election?

  • Terkel May 2, 2013

    "Employment went up 17,000; Unemployment went down 26,000. Where did the 9,000 go? ....... oh, that's right. morgannyy

    They're all gainfully employed now." - 0care just won't die

    Show your work, please.

  • Terkel May 2, 2013

    WooHoo, everything I listed makes the State more attractive to businesses. You're one of the first to accuse UE people of freeloading, therefore cutting UE benefits should, by your logic, increase employment because those old over-55 freeloaders who should "just go out and take one of those jobs" will now do so!

    Cutting Medicaid - which BTW is twice as much in the red as the brain-dead govt hacks said the first time - will inspire those who can work to do so, or maybe, just maybe, discourage some of the babymamas who breed for a living.

    Voter ID discourages illegals and the greedy "poor" from voting themselves more free cash.

    But I'm spitting into the wind between your ears by explaining.

  • Terkel May 2, 2013

    dwntwn"boy", which employer are you cheating day after day as you post here?

    What about you, WooHoo?


    Just curious how all you libs manage to hold down jobs and show up here all day every day. I know you're not wealthy because you'd have redistributed it all in the name of fairness, so what's the deal? I'm serious, let me know and I'll print out a few pages of the blog to attach to my application for your jobs.

  • 426X3 May 2, 2013

    Of course the numbers are down. When people give up looking for employment the numbers will not show up on these government statistics.

  • oleguy May 1, 2013

    Any one believe this,,, Just look around,, at people you know,, Pick 3 without a job for 12 months,, How many of the 3 now have a job,,, Right none

  • kcfoxie May 1, 2013

    more traffic on the highways, more SUVs in parking lots, lines at restaurants. I'd say that we're looking good on the unemployment, or the credit crunch hasn't happened yet. Either way, from my perspective, it's been good for a while. We've got lots of new jobs coming too in tech.

  • stonespigot May 1, 2013

    There's nothing quite like the way the government does math. Watch how that same math gets put into motion when YOU have to write a check for Obama care. Remember he said it was going to cost you less.....same math!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 1, 2013

    Admit it, Republicans. The Unemployment Rate is just as meaningful now as it was under Republican Presidents...when you weren't crying about how the numbers were measured.

    If you really want "the people no longer looking for employment" added to the Unemployment Rate calculation:

    1- Figure out an accurate way to measure that (make sure to adjust for retirements, deaths, etc.)

    2- Adjust all past figures in the same manner, so we can all see how meaningful the adjustment of the new number actually is, compared to past Presidents