NC Unemployment

The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Unemployment In North Carolina

Depression-era unemployment line
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  The state's unemployment rate is on a downward trend, but the meaning of those numbers is the subject of debate. Some believe it is a sign of a comeback while others believe it is skewed statistic. Debate over unemployment extends to the federal level, as an unemployment bill with a North Carolina-specific provision struggles to reach a vote in the United States House. 

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Business & Economy
8:38 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Unemployment Shrinks With North Carolina’s Labor Force

North Carolina gained 70,000 jobs in 2013, but the workforce shrank by 60,000 people.
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The state unemployment rate is dropping, but the labor force is also shrinking. 

The North Carolina Department of Commerce reports unemployment fell from 8.8 percent in January 2013 to 6.7 percent in January 2014.  But that number doesn't include people who have stopped looking for work.  The state's labor force is made up of people who work or are trying to find jobs, and that pool shrank by more than 60,000 people during the year. 

North Carolina State University Economist Michael Walden said 2013 was somewhat of a disappointing year for job growth.

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Politics & Government
10:45 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Some Wait Three Weeks For Initial Unemployment Checks

Dale Folwell is Assistant Secretary of Commerce and heads the Division of Employment Security.
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Thousands of jobless North Carolinians have been waiting for several weeks to get their first unemployment check.  State officials say they hope to have that back-log under control this month.

Assistant Commerce Secretary Dale Folwell heads the employment agency responsible for making sure the unemployed get their checks.

“Anytime there’s one case in our backlog, that’s one too many," said Folwell.

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Business & Economy
8:34 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Fight Over Counsel For The Unemployed

This is the back door of the Division of Employment Security offices in Raleigh where attorneys can pick up copies of appeal hearing notices.
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For ten years, North Carolina attorneys have had access to a daily list of unemployed workers who are scheduled for appeal hearings.   Most of these people had their unemployment claims denied and are appealing the decision. 

But last week, the Division of Employment Security said it would no longer provide a daily list of these hearings.  A Durham attorney is fighting back and has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Commerce and its employment division.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Moral Monday Groups Focus On Mobilizing Voters

Thousands marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building in Raleigh on Saturday morning as part of the Moral Monday movement.
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Organizers of Saturday’s moral march on Raleigh plan to use the event’s momentum to mobilize voters, they say. The event follows last year’s weekly Moral Monday rallies that criticized laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-led government.  The new focus is on the fall elections.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Thousands To March Downtown Raleigh In Opposition Of New North Carolina Laws

Protesters have crowded the capitol for past Moral Mondays protests.
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Thousands of people are expected to march in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, some coming in buses from other states, to call on North Carolina legislators to reverse laws they’ve signed over the last year including requiring voters to show IDs in polling stations, reducing unemployment benefits and blocking Medicaid expansion.

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Politics & Government
7:44 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Could North Carolinians Receive Extended Unemployment Benefits?

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It's not clear whether Governor Pat McCrory would make extended unemployment benefits available to North Carolinians if Congress passes a law that would revive them nationwide. Governor McCrory would have final say on whether to accept those benefits.

A bill being debated in the U.S. Senate would give a three-month extension to those who've been unemployed for months. At a state legislative meeting, Democratic Representative Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk said he knows many of his constituents need help.

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Business & Economy
7:38 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Triangle Economic Outlook Continues To Shine In 2014

The jobs picture continues to look bright for the Triangle and other urban areas across North Carolina.
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The Economic Outlook for the Triangle continues to outpace the rest of the state.

The combined jobless rate for the Raleigh-Durham-Cary statistical area is 5.5 percent, according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  (By comparison, one year ago, the unemployment rate was almost two points higher. )

Here's the breakdown from N.C. State Economist Mike Walden. He expects final numbers will show the following:

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Sen. Hagan Steps Up Criticism Of State GOP Over Unemployment Benefits

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, flanked by state Rep. Rosa Gill (D-Wake) and state Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake), criticized Republican lawmakers for a law that disqualified the state for federal long-term jobless benefits.
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U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said on Monday that she’s pushing to make long-term unemployed people in North Carolina eligible again for federal emergency unemployment benefits.

Hagan, a Democrat, introduced a provision for a possible extension of nationwide unemployment benefits that would make North Carolina eligible again, she said. The state was disqualified from Emergency Unemployment Compensation last year after the Republican-led General Assembly reduced benefits at the state level.

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Unemployment Rate
6:41 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

N.C. Unemployment Rate Drops, But Don't Get Too Excited

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In the never ending story that is "so-so" economic news, North Carolina's unemployment rate took a sharp drop in November, but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more people employed.

Here are the numbers up front:

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