NC unemployment rate for June remains unchanged

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Submitted: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 2:22pm
Updated: Fri, 07/19/2013 - 4:23pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in June, staying at 8.8 percent.

But state Department of Commerce figures show that employers in North Carolina dropped nearly 11,000 jobs from May to June.

The state’s unemployment rate had dropped for four straight months after slow improvement in the economy.

The national unemployment rate had also remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.

The number of people employed in North Carolina has increased by more than 29,000 in the past year, but there are still nearly 417,000 listed as unemployed.

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  • dragonslayer says:

    With that powerful level of intellect youshould have no trouble qualifying for a topflight job in the food service or housekeeping industries

  • Guest2020 says:

    Given the people that didn’t have a job July 1 due to unnecessary cuts in the budget, the numbers for July should be higher.

  • Vog46 says:

    “What elected officials DO do is remove barriers to job creation such as lowering the corporate tax rate and personal tax rate to create an atmosphere that makes it attractive for companies to locate and/or expand here.”
    If that is true then NC is still lagging. With the current tax cuts coming into law over the next year or two NC will rank 5th in overall tax burden in the SE.
    If we rank that way other factors then come into play as to whether or not NC looks attractive:
    How’s our infrastructure?
    How’s our educational system?
    How’s the environment?
    How are the other amenities?

    Demand creates jobs. Yes there are some company’s looking to “move” to escape outrageous tax rates in other states but those are few and far between.
    Considering that there are 416,000+ unemployed here then dropping of the burden to 5th seems like a drop in the bucket compared to what they should have done.
    As for the other things?
    Our infrastructure is in dire need of repair with roads and bridges needing extensive work or replacement or both adn yet we’re gutting hte road maintenance fund.
    Our educational system is poorly funded we rank low on quality of education. Our university system is good by being gutted as well.
    Our environment is being threatened by our desperation for jobs with fracking gaining approval for a very limited supply of natural gas which may not lead to investment for drilling
    Other amenities? Yes we have the beaches and our major cities for the most part are clean and exciting places to be and or visit.
    But I look at SE NC and see problems. ILM is 2 hours from 95 which is considered THE major thoroughfare to be close to for shipping goods. This puts us at a disadvantage, for sure. I’d like to see a major highway linking Charlotte with Wilmington and possibly going up the eastern part of the state (like Hwy 17) – linking up with 95 somewhere “up north”.
    But we are at the mercy of some other states that already have what we have PLUS offer outrageous incentives. LS and TX have huge oil incomes that allow for incentives to be given.
    If we can’t industrialize NC, and I fear we can’t – perhaps we should legalize gambling?


  • taxpayer says:

    which does not take into account those who have quit looking for a job, they need to report the U6 number which does. The real unemployment rate is well over 11%.

  • GuestMan. says:

    for this governor that ran on job creation to start creating some instead of trying to make a state religion, wanding women’s vaginas, and giving pay raises to his buddies while almost 1/2 million people in the state are unemployed. But, obviously he doesn’t care about the people or he would not have cut unemployment benefits.
    You can’t help but wonder where someone’s heart is when they cut out a stimulus like unemployment compensation and then don’t create jobs for the people they threw off the rolls.
    This will go down as the most corrupt administration in NC history. The governor is a liar. The cabal up in Raleigh is going hog-wild and screwing the citizens of NC so bad it will take years to recover.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Government does not create jobs. It confiscates my wealth to pay for your food stamps.

  • taxpayer says:

    No elected official creates a single job…except those in their Administration. What elected officials DO do is remove barriers to job creation such as lowering the corporate tax rate and personal tax rate to create an atmosphere that makes it attractive for companies to locate and/or expand here.

    As for your comment on corruption…you’ve apparently been asleep while Easley was in office…or simply blind, dumb, and ignorant of what was going on around you.

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