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NC unemployment rate edges up in January

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's unemployment rate edged up in January as the state continues to grapple with job losses.

The state Commerce Department said Monday that North Carolina's unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in January. That is up from 9.4 percent in December.

Employers added nearly 3,000 more jobs than they cut, with hospitality and manufacturing responsible for most of the gains. North Carolina's hospitality industry was the sector with the largest monthly increase.

But the number of people unemployed grew by more than 6,000, with professional and business services losing the most workers, followed by education and health services.

More than 17,000 people were added in December to the pool of people looking for work statewide.

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the economy

One of the hallmarks the GOP alludes to is how they are supposedly good for business and the economy, yet poll after poll suggests that they are losing touch with most Americans as to how to address things like the debt and deficits. Americans by a wide margin favor a balanced approach using increased taxes and spending cuts. No one of course wants this, but we realize sacrifices have to be made in order to correct bad economic decisions made in the past by both parties.

But on the state level things are different. Budgets have to be balanced, by law. Debt is not exceedingly high here in NC. The Unemployment Trust Fund is in the hole, but, that too is manageable. So one has to ask the question – why? Why pay that $ back in one year instead of 3? It certainly wasn’t a drag on the economy. In fact, economists who believe in Keynes theory would argue that it’s actually beneficial to run some debt while the economy is bad to keep employment from falling too far.

We already know that tax cuts do not stimulate hiring and trickle down no longer is applicable to today’s economy – otherwise we’d be at full employment now. Taxes are at rates not seen since the 1980s. Loopholes have exploded, as have legal deductions. I have read where 47% do not pay any taxes. This includes many of the top earners who find ways to avoid paying taxes, and those millions of people who make little money but use deductions to avoid taxes as well. Everyone needs to pay more.

But on the state level, there are forces at work that lead me to believe that the GOP has become so enamored with its new found majority that it is wasting the opportunity by regulating unproven sex trafficking, wiping years of experience off boards and commissions, and other useless legislation. They have a chance to repair, and help the NC economy and choose to look for other ways to get their names in the paper – when in fact it was the economy they ran on.

The poll results on WWAY blame Obama for NC’s troubling economy. What’s next? Will we blame Obama for your toenail fungus too?

C’mon McCrory, Tillis and Berger give us a dose of leadership. Get out of the regulate sex, regulate women’s privates, and trans vaginal what have you’s, and get us some jobs legislation. But stop screwing the poor, stop hurting the folks that suffered from Bev’s lack of “encouraging” economic policy.

I don’t adhere to one party over another. Both parties have strong people in them, and both are saddled with losers as well. But one thing that is bipartisan in this legislative session is that no one has the best interests of NC at heart anymore.

Vog

Obama is an America-hating

Obama is an America-hating Communist.

As usual Earl ....

... you strive to be the least mature among posters. Congratulations! You've succeeded yet once again!

By siting a demonsratable

By siting a demonsratable fact?

Atleast the State Govt is on it!

I'm so glad that new Governor and GOP led government is focusing on jobs...atleast they will as soon as they rename the lottery; make nipples illegal; start bible classes in Public Highschools; stack the state's commision on Coastal Resources, Environmental Management, Utilities, Insurance, etc...

This ain't good

I said it before and I'll say it again.
McCrory may have caught a falling knife. The economy locally (state wide) is nowhere near as strong(?) as the national economy is. (I should say its more weak....but).

Wait - if this continues - come July when people get thrown off of the unemployment rolls. The backlash will start.
The state GOP has over reached - and badly so.
Do we know why the Unemployment Trust Fund is "borrowing" money? Do we?

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/16/2686158/bipartisan-blame-for-ncs-...

"In fact, North Carolina cut unemployment insurance taxes six times between 1992 and 2000."

That's right folks. Rather than plan for a rainy day the Democrats did something VERY Republican.
They CUT taxes.
Don't get me wrong - no one saw this recession coming and they didn't think it would be THIS bad.
But no one likes to see a fund grow and grow and grow. What they say is "Now is the time to cut taxes".

Thom Goolsby ran on the platform of jobs jobs JOBS
And has not proposed one bill to stimulate growth.
On this subject he is an abysmal failure - as is the rest of the GOP.
And these unemployment figures don't include House of Raeford or the possible closure of DAK.
I'm getting a very bad feeling about this....

Vog

Vog, did you notice that you

Vog, did you notice that you linked to a commentary not a news article? And an incorrect one at that. It refers to the NC government being ran by both Ds and Rs when the unemployment insurance tax was cut 1992 to 2000. Right when we had a Democrat Govenor and Democrat controlled GA.

The real problem is not unemployment benefits and unemployment tax contributions, but unemployment. And unemployment will grow as long as people keep believing the government will fix the problems and keep voting for communists like Obummer.

Erl

Keep your communist comments to yourself. to my generation that is the biggest insult one can hurl and has no business on a message board like this.
No president of the USA should be called a communist.

The blame for the UTF shortfall goes squarely on the Dems for cutting the corporate taxes.
Of course the GOP went right along with it after all it was tax cut.
And don't forget that unemployment started under Hoover who was an (R) and then got expanded under Roosevelt.

You ARE correct that unemployment is the issue and there have been no bills proposed to address increasing employment in this state.
Cutting the corporate tax may be forthcoming but that in and of itself does not stimulate businesses hiring.
Only demand for goods does that.

Vog

Vog, WWAY can decide if my

Vog, WWAY can decide if my post are postable, but my right to call Obama a communist comes from my Creator and is pretty much in you face. I defer to the Bill on Rights on that subject.

The reason I call him a commie is based on what he says and what he does.
Fundamentally change America
Spread the wealth
Progressive tax
Gun control
Socialize healthcare
Fat cats on Wall Street
Abortion
Exploding the size of Government
Exploding the reach of Government
Surrounding himself with fellow commies like Van Jones
Insulting the Religious
Diminishing the importance of Family

These are all hallmarks of Marxism and Communism. My question is why you can’t realize this. He’s given Islamofascist in Egypt Jet Fighter (you know, like the Soviets used to do) but your problem is with me.

If it makes you feel better you can report me to his turn-in-your-fellow-citizen email address (you know, like the Soviets used to do).

Hey Erl

Nixon wanted single payer healthcare
Outlawed saturday night specials and openly wondered if he could BAN all hand gun ownership.
He raised taxes
He increased the size and scope of government to include the formation of OSHA Dept of labor and EPA

Reagan increased taxes
Took care of Wall St
Increased the size of government
And indicated that the
Constitution allowed for the control of guns

And the funny thing about abortion is that of the Supreme court deciders 4 of the 6 majority were GOP nominated.
Want to call all these folks communists too?

I'll ignore you rather than report you.

A public display of ignorance is always good for a laugh and you're hysterical at times.
Have great life Erl.

Vog

Vog, of my 12 points you

Vog, of my 12 points you addressed 7 split among 3 entities. Comrade Obama processes all 12. And you and I both know Reagan's and Nixon's concept of bigger government and gun control is nothing like Obama's. So your logic is flawed.

Hey Vog

don't forget the impact of all the Democrats, who serve at the will of the Governor, who found they were not needed after the inauguration.

And Ghoolsby seems more focused on the sex industry and open meeting policy than job creation.

You might want to consider becoming a survivalist. If you can grow it or stalk it, you can eat. Was watching Duck Commander as they built a winery. Have grapes; just need to know how to convert them.

Tom

I already grow my own.

Oh........you mean food??????
(I do that too)

Which Dems weren't needed Tom?

Vog

Vog

certainly you jest.

You're the incoming Republican Governor with a whole basket of election IOUs to cover.

Say Good Bye to all of the Democrats who were serving at the Governor's discretion.

Tom

When you're the incoming Governor with 1000 appointed positions at your disposal more than twice that of any of your predecessors I would expect you to keep some qualified Democratic candidates since your campaign touted your "reaching across the aisle" while in Charlotte.

Unless of course you OWE so many favors that your administration is completely bought off
:-)

Go figure

Vog

You owe

so you pay the piper. I was not high enough on the donor list to be owed.

I wonder

What the "limit" is?
4 figures?
5?
do contributions to the NC GOP count?

I'm gonna have to re-think my donation strategy.....

Vog

As long as we keep electing

the same two parties into power, this mess isn't going to get any better. The Ds and the Rs got us into this mess so why do we keep putting them back into office?

The Federal Reserve and it's members have pilfered this country to the tune of $16.000.000.000.000 and are not accountable to anyone and the Ds and Rs allowed it...

Native American

Right on my brother!