NC Unemployment

NC Policy Watch
NC Justice Center

The latest numbers show there are about 418,000 unemployed people across North Carolina this Labor Day.  And many of them have been jobless for a long time.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 8.9%, one of the highest in the country and higher than the national rate.  The state has held this designation for much of the so-called economic recovery.

Mekael Teshome is an Economist with PNC Financial.  He says we have to remember, between 2007 and 2010, unemployment rose by 100% nationally but by nearly 150% in North Carolina.

Job Fair
Wake Tech Community College

The state unemployment rate is up for the first time since January. 

North Carolina's Commerce Department said this morning July's jobless rate was 8.9 percent, up from 8.8 percent the previous month.  The rate had been dropping or staying level for five straight months until now. 

The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged for the month of June.  But analysts say there are underlying problems the state should be concerned about.  North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 8.8% in June.  The same as in May.  The national unemployment rate also remained steady at 7.6% in May and June.

Man holds Unemployment Cliff Poster
Leoneda Inge

North Carolina’s “unemployment cliff” is fast approaching.  That’s what civil rights, religious and other advocacy groups call June 30, the last day tens of thousands of people across the state are eligible for extended benefits from the federal government.  There are last minute efforts underway to try to convince lawmakers to postpone the “cliff” until the end of the year.  But, so far, those efforts have been ignored.

Job Fair
Wake Tech Community College

There is some positive news on the jobs front across North Carolina.  The latest unemployment numbers show a drop in the jobless rate in every corner of the state from Asheville to Wilmington. 

Several metropolitan areas with unemployment rates in the double digits saw their numbers drop by nearly a full point in February.  Those communities include Greenville, Rocky Mount and Greensboro-High Point.  A lot of the movement reflects normal seasonal patterns. 

NC Commerce

North Carolina’s jobless rate may not be anything to cheer about, but the state’s job growth is getting some applause. 

The state’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in January.  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.

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