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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a small drop in July, unemployment is up again in the Wilmington metro area. The region’s unemployment rate climbed to 10.5 percent in August. That’s up from 10.2 percent in July after a drop from 10.4 percent in June. The Employment Security Commission says 18,744 are unemployed in our area.
Bladen and Columbus Counties saw no change from July to August, and New Hanover County saw a slight decrease. Meanwhile the unemployment rate increased in Brunswick and Pender Counties. The unemployment rate is at least half a point higher in each of the five counties compared to a year ago, with the biggest increase in Pender County, where the rate has climbed from 9.9 percent in August 2010 to 12.2 percent one year later.



Bladen 12.5 12.5 11.9
Brunswick 10.7 10.4 10.2
Columbus 13.2 13.2 12.2
New Hanover 10.0 10.1 9.2
Pender 12.2 12.0 9.9

Overall unemployment rates increased in 47 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in August, the ESC said. Rates decreased in 32 counties and remained the same in 21.

"Just over half of North Carolina’s 100 counties stayed the same or decreased," ESC Chairman Lynn R.
Holmes said in a statement. "Looking at this month’s data, it’s clear we must remain focused on assisting our customers with many services to help them find work in this static economy.”

North Carolina had 42 counties that were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.4 percent.
Rates increased in 10 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Rates decreased in three and remained the same in one.

The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in August by 45,950 to 4,038,915. The number of people unemployed decreased by 3,007. The number of unemployed people in August was 471,319
workers, compared with 474,326 in July.

Currituck County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in August, at 4.5 percent. Meanwhile, Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate, at 17.6 percent.

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  • SurfCityTom

    The White House occupant promises his Jobs Program will create 19,000 North Carolina jobs. The cost is $450 Billion for his bill on a nationwide basis.

    But then, Bank of America has announced plans to cut 40,000 jobs natioanlly.

    Must be time for the Governor to take one of her fact finding, relationship building junkets abroad.

    Can we last until January 20, 2013?

  • SurfCityTom

    Today’s Raleigh News & Observer included a report the Governor and entourage will spend 8 days, next month, in China and Japan promoting North Carolina business opportunities and building relationships.

    The Department of the Census, in Washington, released a report last week which listed North Carolina as one of the ten most impoverished states in the Country.

    So what do we do? This is right out of Animal House–

    Road Trip

    The state has a hiring freeze. The Highway Patrol Acadamy is shuttered due to the budget.

    The White House occupant was just in state touting a Jobs Program which is short of the mark and won’t stimulate the economy any more than his longwinded over drawn stimulus package of 2010.

    So, what does the Governor do? Road Trip

    And I guess she’s been missing the reports on the Asian stock exchanges which are not doing well.

    There are only 2 questions. How large is the entourage? And does the First Gentleman get to tag along?

  • she was the Jobs Governor. What happened?

  • Robert Green

    With a burdensome government in place , expect the misery to continue into the forseeable future. High taxation on small business , heavy regulations on corporate America , Obamacare and dyfunctional fiscal policies from our Socilaist in Chief , give you this outcome. People within the business community are not committed to creating jobs with all the anti-capitalistic rhetoric coming from the White House . I am not rich but poor people do not create jobs . Wealthy people do and the private sector is where wealth is created. You do not need to consult an economist just use common sense. Starting in January 2012, the EPA will begin regulating dust in the air. So expect them to make the cost of food production go up when they show up on these farms regulating dust and impairing American commerce once again under this Socialist regime. The meddling of the federal government is disrupting prosperity. We have become a dependency society with a disengaged , ignorant electorate. America is broke in many ways.

  • Guest99

    Wish WWAY had a “Like” button on here. Very well said!

  • concise and well-written comment. Unfortunately, the liberals would disagree with you…we need more government since the private sector can’t get it done…in their eyes.

  • RSimmons

    You write fairly well but with all due respect you don’t know diddly squat about who creates the jobs. Rich people don’t create jobs. they shuffle alot of money around but they aren’t creating American jobs. The majority of American jobs come from the millions of small businesses like my own that employ a handful of people. I don’t work for many rich people, 97% of my business comes from middle class and working class people. You want to get the economy rolling? Give the tax breaks to small business people like myself and to consumers whose spending equals 60% of our GDP.

    As for the GOP, last fall during the fight over the sun setting of the Bush Tax cuts. While they fought tooth and nail for the wealthiest I got hung with yet another increase in AMT because the GOP refused to negotiate adjusting the AMT. My taxes went up $2100 on the same income as 2009. For the record Democrats aren’t doing me any favors either.

    Government regulations? I’m required to have insurances, licenses, bonding,I pay certain impact fees. I have to pay for certain employee benefits.along with related taxes. but so does everyone else in my business,therefore we all share roughly the same overhead. We all also charge pretty much the same. So what great disadvantage has this so called “socialist” government placed me in?

  • Folks, unemployment in Wilmington should not be higher than in the county. Unemployment is typically lower in denser areas.

    Wilmington’s enormous tax burden, the 5th highest of the largest 33 cities, is crippling our economy, as is our onerous zoning code and permitting process.

    To see my ideas on how to cut $10M from the city budget, go to:


  • just passing through

    Thank you for your perspective! I can tell you have read the dictionary and have a reasonable grasp of the power of deduction, just based on your last sentence. :D Good luck with your enterprise

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    Early on, the goal was to retain the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 AND change the AMT. Many Republicans wanted to completely do away with AMT, but they couldn’t get it all. The Democrats were the ones who were intransigent. They were not willing to budge on the “big package” so it was determined that retaining the tax cuts was more important. Depending on your income, you might have seen your tax rise far more than $2100 had the nominal rates changed.

    In regard to your last paragraph, do not lose sight of the fact that a shared disadvantage is still a disadvantage. Your point seems to be that since all your competitors have to bear the same hardships you do, it’s no big deal. Think of how much prosperous you would ALL be if you didn’t have to deal with governmnetal interference.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    She is definitely producing results, however. You can now go to any whistle-stop town in NC and find a couple of Chinese restaurants. Elizabethtown has something like four. GARLAND even has one!

    So while she may not be producing jobs for North Carolinians, she IS producing hundreds of jobs in North Carolina (as long as you’re Chinese, like to cook, and want to move here.)

    She has given hope to all those young Chinese boys and girls sitting around Shanghai thinking, “Some day I hope to move to Harrels, North Carolina and cook egg-foo-yung for Americans.”

  • SurfCityTom

    in your comment if the First Gentleman does not accompany her.

    You’re right; we have a new Chinese restaurant on the mainland of Surf City. Only the owners speak English. All the other employees have good oriental language skills.

  • Ncgov

    All this being said and you still have idiots against the Titan plant coming to Wilmington!!! If you are against the plant don’t complain about no jobs in this area!

  • Crystal

    I agree, anything bringing more jobs to this area should be welcomed.

  • In Need of a Miracle

    I lost my job over a year ago in the Medical Field. The practice I worked for was one of many owned by the hospital. I was wrongfully terminated but not in the illegal sense. One person’s lies coupled with a new Office Manager and I found myself out of work. I lost everything. I have not been able to get a job in my field since this happened. I have applied for every type of job one can imagine including minimum wage jobs. In a years time I have managed to get two job interviews. I have a wonderful resume in place but still after applying for dozens of jobs each week, no results. I am not a criminal nor am I a drug addict or alcoholic. The politics in the Medical Field in our area are truly unbelievable. I was a quiet, hard worker who kept to myself. This I do feel made me a black sheep in the work place. To make my job search even more difficult I was informed recently that my previous employer has been giving me bad references. This would explain a lot.

    Hopeless in Wilmington


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