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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The unemployment rate for the Wilmington area stayed flat from September to October, but it’s down for the last year.

The Wilmington metro area’s 7.7 percent rate for October is 1.4 points lower than a year earlier. The unemployment rate for the state was 7.5 percent in October.

New Hanover was the only county in our area to see an increase from September to October as the rate climbed 0.1 points to 7.5, which is the lowest in the region. The county’s rate is down 1.2 points in the past year.

Columbus has seen the biggest drop since Oct. 2012, as its unemployment rate has declined 2.6 points to 9.5 percent, followed by a 2.2-point drop in Bladen County (10.5 percent), 1.9 in Brunswick (7.7 percent) and 1.2 in Pender (8.6 percent).

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  • Guest-o-matic

    …when manipulated to tell a story that isn’t true. These numbers do not include:
    1. Those whose unemployment bene’s have expired.
    2. Those that are contractors and not eligble for unemployment bene’s.
    3. Those that have stopped looking for work altogether.
    4. Seasonal hiring of part timers with no benefits to staff up for the holidays.

    This is the way that government reporting attempts to exude a false sense of prosperity when it isn’t even close to existing. Very few are getting ahead at all these days, but they want you to feel like you are. Sort of like “wishing for something to happen that really isn’t”.

    Here’s another biggie to remember:
    When the government reports on rates of inflation, they do not include to cost of or impact from the following: Increased fuel costs and increased food costs. Since we all know that when fuel prices increase, the transportation of food products does as well causing food prices and EVERYTHING else to escalate. We’ve all seen what has happened to the grocery store pricing! These costs are very real, essential and a major expense for the average American and it affects what they have in their pocket. I have no idea why “inflation” can have imaginary variables like this.

    Funny isn’t it? A 0.1% rate of inflation actually relates 12% that physically comes out of the consumers pocket. How convenient is that? Smoke and mirrors? Cups and ball? A little Houdini maybe?

  • WilmGuy

    It took me 2 years of trying. The only responses I would get are that the position was already filled, you along with 300+ applicants applied, or no response at all. It finally took knowing someone to get in the door. Since Gov. McCrory cut unemployment benefits (amount and time frame), it makes it look like there’s less unemployment because people aren’t on unemployment benefits anymore; however there are plenty of people out of work. I guess politicians can claim their way is the right way because unemployment is down.

  • Bob

    It is pretty amazing to see this story. I say this as I have been out of work for over a year now and there is no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel!!!!! I have sent my resume to well over 300 job postings on sites such as careerbuilder.com, monster.com, indeed.com, wilmingtonhelpwanted.com, craigslist.org, theladders.com. In over a year I have gotten just two calls and no interviews!!! I am just one person, I know of several others that are in my same situation!!!

  • Guest Reply Redux

    The unemployed have probably moved away from Wilmington…dropping the percentages.

  • GuestMan.

    I run a very successful retail store here in Wilmington and I get resumes every week and the majority of them go in file 13. The ones I do look at are usually accompanied by the person.
    I don’t see where you have actually been out knocking on doors.
    Get up from in front of the computer and let someone see your face!
    There are a lot of qualified people for jobs in Wilmington and the ones that hustle for them are the ones that get them. You are not going to get one the way you are going.
    If you really wanted one you get off your lazy ass.

  • GuestFred

    Once you’re out of the system, they don’t count you any longer. They cut benefits and won’t let you work part-time to make up the difference or they’ll take all of it away! Many people have quit looking, or moved out of state, where they might be able to find a job or at least be able to collect a decent amount of UI benefits to get by.

    Sending out resumes and applications and getting 0 responses wears you down. Believe me. I have a college degree and and can’t even get an interview with Lowes.

    But of course the GOP will say things are improving! Sorry, but they’re NOT.

  • thumpp

    Get your boy to break you some off is stash! Or better yet quit being a wuss and get a job in construction… The whining in here is deafening…

  • guesty1O1

    I’d encourage all unemployed to “file for unemployment”. If you’ve exhausted your benefits you can stil FILE and be counted as unemployed. Most are right in the fact that by limiting the time you can receive benefits once exhausted most will go OFF the list. They new that by doing this it would indeed appear that umemployment has dropped for the most part. As others have stated we know this is not the fact of the matter and most are at best “under-employed and worst long term umemployed. Like many I have education. certs and experience and can only find part-time employment. As much as I love living in NC I may have to move to find a decent job :-(

  • Sticky Fingers

    Unemployment down? Down where?? I looked for job full or part time for almost 3 yrs. Im a certified underwater welder with 18 yrs of military contractor service overseas. It’s just easier to hustle “that stuff” and be able to feed my kids. North Carolina Leaders need yo pull their heads out their a $$ and do something about the lack of full time jobs here in Wilmington. Big box companies should be taxed higher for only offering part time work..

  • Guest2020

    Those numbers also do not reflect the underemployed. The people that come up with these unemployment numbers need to get their heads out of the sand and get a taste of reality.

  • SurfCityTom

    as reported today in the Washington Post, long term unemployment is still at the highest rate since late 1945-1946.

    Long term unemployment is defined as those who have been out of work 6 months or longer.

    And how will this movement to push the minimum wage to somewhere between $11 and $15 per hour affect the unemployment rate?

    Do those geniuses think fast food eateries and big box retailers will suddenly be rushing out to open new locations and hire thousands at these rates?

    Seriously, does anyone really believe a counter clerk at McD’s or the trash and dumpster attendant is worth $15 per hour?

    And I’ve not even mentioned the impact of O’Bamacare.


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