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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina officials are releasing a report offering more details on employment conditions in March, when nearly 20,000 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent.

The state Commerce Department on Monday offers its monthly take on a month then North Carolina logged the country’s second-biggest growth in employment. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday reported that North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased payrolls last month.

The state’s March jobless rate was below the national average for the second straight month and remained the lowest it’s been in more than five years. The US unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Boy you said a mouthful with THAT one.
That being said PRIMARY voter apathy is much less a concern for me then general election voter apathy is. Voter apathy knows no political bounds – and if 15% of both parties show up then both parties have candidate issues they need to address.
First day early voting was heavy – lets hope it continues.
As for the Sheriff’s race? I take a broader view of that – as I have said when someone decides to combine city/county law enforcement into one cohesive agency that man gets my vote. So far no one has suggested it.

We shall see what happens


2015 years 9 months ago

I stated quite clearly that McSmirkey needs more time.
But keep in mind that it’s not JUST businesses that pay into Medicaid/care and unemployment – ALL employees pay into that as well.

And also keep in mind that lowered taxes do NOT create jobs – demand for products creates jobs. There is no business that will hire just because his taxes get lowered – they hire when they need workers to satisfy demand for what they make or provide. Lowered taxes just make it less risky to hire. This is an unfortunate “truth” in business – no matter what you do, or how good you do it – if nobody is buying your product you are done.
As for the debt being repaid? The CBO itself says by NOT extending unemployment benefits nationwide you are taking money out of the economy, and hurting the recovery. Their own budget office says this?
Unfortunately McSmirkey’s performance IS being affected by U.S. national economic policy – the same way Smileys economy crashed when the national economy did.
The thing is, will he be able to overcome his first year of staggering job losses and show an overall GAIN in employment by the time his first term is coming to an end?
Like you said – we need to give him time – but voters are an “unforgiving bunch” at times……..

2015 years 9 months ago

if local voter apathy continues, Brian Berger could run for Governor.

Nearly 100 posts on the Sheriff’s race; if history repeats itself, likely less than 15% of the registered voters will turn out for the primary.

And that is why elected politicians do not fear the anger of dissatisfied voters and continue with their failed policies.

2015 years 9 months ago

does not make a trend. The fact is that over his first year plus in office McSmirky has lost more jobs than most other governors.
The same way I gave him time to work off Smiley’s “slack” I have to give him more time to let his policies take hold and one month doesn’t prove a thing especially since this report is coming FROM his own administration.


2015 years 9 months ago

give the current administration achance. They’re following 12 years of Democratic borrowing from the Feds to keep the giveaway programs, including that albatross Medicaid, afloat.

Ask a businessowner what those billions, now being repaid, equate to in additional charges the business owner must pay.

That’s not a joke.

On the other hand, once these borrowed funds are repaid, watch the positive impact on job growth and the economy.

2015 years 9 months ago

Gee, thanks Obama!

oh, wait…Benghazi!

2015 years 9 months ago

OMG get a LIFE troll. Thank your Republican Governor.

2015 years 9 months ago

Hey, according to the WSJ, NC is number one! IN job LOSSES. Someone’s cooking the books in Raleigh.


2015 years 9 months ago

learn to read and comprehend.

The report issued in Raleigh was for March, 2014.

The WSJ article covered a time frame prior to that.

Smiley and Sleazy had 12 years to bury NC employers with debt to maintain programs such as Medicaid.

The current administration’s budget was effective 07/01/2013.

It’s going to take time; but the current administration is moving in the right direction as any business owner will tell you.

And, business owners are the driving force in job creation.


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