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Triangle unemployment rate falls to 7.3 percent

Posted November 2, 2012

— While the national unemployment rate for October increased slightly, from 7.8 to 7.9 percent, the rate across the Triangle fell to 7.3 percent in September from 8 percent in August, the state reported Friday.

Across North Carolina, unemployment fell in 97 of 100 counties.

Joblessness also fell in all of the 14 major metropolitan areas, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

Without seasonal adjustments, the jobless rate for September was 8.9 percent.

A year ago, the Triangle jobless rate was 8.7 percent.

In Rocky Mount, the rate also fell, down to 8.5 percent from 9.2 percent in August. In Fayetteville, unemployment dropped to 9.6 percent from 11.2 percent.

Here's a closer look at individual county numbers:

  • Chatham – 6.7 percent, down from 7.1 percent in August
  • Durham – 7.4 percent, down from 8.0 percent in August
  • Johnston – 7.9 percent, down from 8.4 percent in August
  • Orange – 5.7 percent, down from 6.5 percent in August
  • Wake – 7.0 percent, down from 7.7 percent in August
     

The number of people working in Raleigh-Cary in September actually declined by 1,100, to 522,300.

An increase in government (2,500), education and health services (900) and mining, logging and construction (1,000) was offset by a drop of 3,200 in leisure and hospitality jobs.

Financial activities firms shed 800 jobs, and the trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 700 jobs.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, employment jumped by 3,500.

Most of those were government at 3,000. Education and health services added 1,200 and professional and business services 600. Sectors losing jobs in that metro area included leisure and hospitality (600) and trade, transportation and utilities (600).

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  • so you dont like my opinion ok Nov 5, 2012

    Well the gas and jobless figures will either go back up next week if Obama wins or stay the same...

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 2012

    "What was the last republican to "balance a budget"....do I hear crickets? And no, saying things like "end entitlements" don't get us into the positive."

    Then they'll get even more ridiculous by claiming if we just cut out the department of Education or Big Bird that somehow that will get us out of debt...reality be damned.-Plenty Coups

    You mean cutting .0001 percent of the budget (Big Bird) ain't gonna erase the debt?!?

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 2012

    "What was the last republican to "balance a budget"....do I hear crickets? And no, saying things like "end entitlements" don't get us into the positive."

    Then they'll get even more ridiculous by claiming if we just cut out the department of Education or Big Bird that somehow that will get us out of debt...reality be damned.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 2012

    "I think it's time to restore our tax rates"

    I think you need to keep your hands off other people's wallets and tell your Democrat politicians to cut spending and learn how to balance a budget.-sillywabbitthepatriot

    What was the last republican to "balance a budget"....do I hear crickets? And no, saying things like "end entitlements" don't get us into the positive.

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 2, 2012

    Global warming is a religion invented to keep the hippies in line. It has all the same tendencies as a religion. And when you deny it the faithful act as crazy as any religious zealot.

  • Crumps Br0ther Nov 2, 2012

    Maybe because he was unsure if it contributed to the attack at first? Hindsight is 20/20.
    Plenty Coups

    Indeed it is, and a lot of people are going to vote for Romney this time to try and correct their mistake. Barry has a lot of blood on his hands due to his lack of leadership. Libya is a huge cover up whether you want to believe it or not. Fast and Furious as well. How you can overlook that and still defend him is disturbing

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 2012

    bias much WRAL..how convientent you use the rate that has be seasonally adjusted 7.3, but when you compare to last year you use the unadjusted rate....Slick move only the sheep will believe you though-ugottabkiddinme

    Where did you see that...it was not in the article nor do I think you researched it. Link or it did not happen!

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 2012

    Largest middle class tax hike in decades disguised as "Health Care Reform"- affirmativediversity

    Its only a tax if you can afford to pay but rather freeload your healthcare. So much for your view of "personal responsibility!"

  • Plenty Coups Nov 2, 2012

    "There is no logical way anybody could deny evolution or global warming for example." Plenty Coups

    atozco-"Lol, I'm sorry but that is funny. One can scientifically blow holes into the evolution and global warming theories."

    LOL. But that would take actual scientists and peer reviewed studies. 99% of the scientists would disagree with you. Would love to see ANY of your "studies". LOL.

    "There is actually more scientific evidence to support the Intelligent Design theory."

    There is none. Zero. Zilch. A belief in the supernatural because we or you don't understand something is not evidence, scientific or otherwise.

  • WooHoo2You Nov 2, 2012

    "One can scientifically blow holes into the evolution and global warming theories.azotca"

    You can "blow holes" in the theory of gravity as well....bet you ain't worried about flying into space though ;)

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