NC Department of Commerce en Some Wait Three Weeks For Initial Unemployment Checks <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Thousands of jobless North Carolinians have been waiting for several weeks to get their first unemployment check.&nbsp; State officials say they hope to have that back-log under control this month.</p><p>Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell heads the employment agency responsible for making sure the unemployed get their checks.</p><p>“Anytime there’s one case in our backlog, that’s one too many," said Folwell.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:45:23 +0000 Leoneda Inge 31711 at Some Wait Three Weeks For Initial Unemployment Checks Conference Explores North Carolina’s Energy Future <p>North Carolina companies are in the midst of a sustainable energy boom. Solar farms have bloomed, wind farms could be on their way, and local entrepreneurs are experimenting with biofuels and solar power. But cheap natural gas and new legislation could slow sustainable energy growth.</p><p>Experts are discussing these advancements at the North Carolina Department of Commerce's <a href="">10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference</a> in Raleigh today. Keynote speaker <a href="">Marilyn Brown</a> is a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She said today on <em>The State of Things</em> that many people are looking to fracking for natural gas to solve our energy needs. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:24:12 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 13774 at Conference Explores North Carolina’s Energy Future Unemployment Rates Drop Across North Carolina <p>There is some positive news on the jobs front across North Carolina.&nbsp; The latest <a href="">unemployment numbers</a> show a drop in the jobless rate in every corner of the state from Asheville to Wilmington.&nbsp;</p><p>Several metropolitan areas with unemployment rates in the double digits saw their numbers drop by nearly a full point in February.&nbsp; Those communities include Greenville, Rocky Mount and Greensboro-High Point.&nbsp; A lot of the movement reflects normal seasonal patterns.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:49:37 +0000 Leoneda Inge 13470 at Unemployment Rates Drop Across North Carolina McCrory Wants Private Sector More Involved In NC Business <p>Governor Pat McCrory wants to create a new agency to help grow North Carolina’s economy. The proposal includes a plan to privatize part of the Commerce Department.</p><p></p><p><br>McCrory wants a new outlet to handle job recruitment, efforts to boost exports and promote tourism. Those duties would replace some of the functions the Commerce Department currently handles. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker says the goal is a public-private partnership.<br><br>"The state has a role in creating incentives, in making this a competitive place economically," she says.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:58:24 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 13353 at McCrory Wants Private Sector More Involved In NC Business North Carolina Gaining On Jobs Front <p></p><p></p><p>North Carolina’s jobless rate may not be anything to cheer about, but the state’s job growth is getting some applause.&nbsp;</p><p>The state’s <a href="">unemployment rate</a> was 9.5 percent in January.&nbsp; It's one of the highest in the nation, hovering hovered around that amount for the past year. The national rate sits at 7.9 percent.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:03:01 +0000 Leoneda Inge 12249 at North Carolina Gaining On Jobs Front NC Exports Grow Towards South America <p>North Carolina’s list of top international trading partners is showing growth from Central and South America.<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:&nbsp;</strong> The country with the largest percentage of growth is Brazil.&nbsp; Since last year, North Carolina exports there increased by 37-percent from the year before.&nbsp; Brazil ranks number 10 on the state’s list of top business partners.&nbsp; Jean Davis heads international trade for the state Commerce Department.&nbsp;&nbsp; She just returned from a meeting in San Juan and says Central and South America is a real target.<br> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 1876 at North Carolina Exports Hit Record Level <p>North Carolina is manufacturing, selling and shipping a record number of goods according to latest numbers.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:&nbsp;</strong> Governor Bev Perdue’s office says North Carolina shipped 27-billion dollars in merchandise last year, a record.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s eight-percent higher than the year before.&nbsp; And it’s 60 percent higher than a decade ago.&nbsp; Derek Chen is the Director of Foreign Operations for the state Commerce Department.&nbsp; He says the growth is phenomenal.<br> Tue, 15 May 2012 10:55:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 2517 at Thousands to Lose Extended Jobless Benefits <p>Thousands of North Carolina residents have been notified that their extended unemployment benefits will expire by the end of the week.<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:</strong>&nbsp; Notices were sent out to 17-thousand unemployed workers, informing them of the bad news.&nbsp; The extended jobless benefits from the state kicked-in four years ago, during the recession.&nbsp; But because of the steady drop in North Carolina’s unemployment rate, the extended benefits, or E-B trigger has stopped.&nbsp; Larry Parker is a spokesman for the Commerce Department’s Division of Employment Security. Mon, 07 May 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 2604 at Graham County Jobless Rate Tops 20-percent <p>More than 80 counties across North Carolina experienced a drop in their unemployment rates.&nbsp; But communities in the eastern and western corners of the state did not fare as well.<br> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 2904 at Nanotech Commercialization Conference <p>The scientific concept of nano-technology became popular in the 1990s.&nbsp; A conference this week in Durham focuses on the commercial applications of nano-technology.<br><br><strong>Leoneda Inge:&nbsp;</strong> Today kicks off a two-day Nanotech Commercialization Conference at American Tobacco in Durham.&nbsp;&nbsp; John Hardin heads the office of Science and Technology at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, a sponsor of the conference.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says there will be many researchers at the conference but also many business developers.<br> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:10:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 2953 at