24 Comments for this article

Tags: , , , , ,


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — More people are in the job market in North Carolina and more are finding work as the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month.

The state Commerce Department reported Friday that North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in April, a tenth of a percentage point down from the revised 6.3 percent rate in March.

The monthly drop wasn’t because discouraged workers left the job hunt. Almost 10,000 people entered the state’s labor force of 4.7 million people either working or looking for jobs.

More important than the rate is that more than 14,000 people were added to payrolls between March and April. Almost 70,000 extra people were working in April than the same month last year.

The number of unemployed people also declined by 102,000 over the year.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comment on this Story

  • Guestman.

    I think, from reading your posts, that Gov. McRotten could hit you in the head with a hammer and you would think it was the greatest thing that ever happened.
    If the President has to own the bad things, he also gets to own the good ones.
    There is nothing in McRotten’s policies that has done anything to influence the employment numbers in NC.
    Are you related to him? You must be because in your eyes he gets no blame for anything negative and credit where it is not deserved.

  • Vog46

    again – too soon to give him credit either.
    The work force has shrunk by over 90,000 people and although the UI rate is down the biggest factor in it’s decline has been people leaving the work force (giving up).
    What is disturbing is that since Jan of 2013 the average length of unemployment has risen to 17.7 weeks. This would indicate that hiring is still very sluggish in NC.
    Overall its good news but job losses still exceed gains…..
    Time will tell……


  • Guestman.

    Other than anecdotal evidence, I see nothing in your post that indicates that anything McRotten has done has created jobs in NC.
    Proposals are nice, but, please, give me something concrete.
    I’m sure that McRotten, just like us, waits to hear from you every day.
    Try to stick to the point and not blather away because you like the look of your typing.

  • SurfCityTom

    you practice selective reading. If you did not, you would have read my post on his decision to gve the Council of State members an 8% raise during his first 30 days in office. That was about the most poorly timed and wrong decision he’s made.

    Unlike his predecessor, he did not disappear, out of country, on a vacation during the first 45 days of her administration, and leave no action plan for Walter Dalton to implement. The economy was tanking; we needed positive leadership, so Smiley takes a road trip abroad.

    On the other hand, his decision not to borrow further Federal funds to expand Medicaid was the right decision. His admnistration began with a requirement to repay the $2.4 Billion which had been borrowed by the prior administrations to keep that Medicaid albatross alive.

    His plan to reduce the length of time for unemployment benefits is causing some to get out and get a job. Far too many viewed those benefits as an entitlement and saw no need to seek employment. Another good decision.

    The proposed Budget includes funding to assist transitioning military personnel to obtain relevant job skill training as they seek to re-enter civilian life. 60,000 are anticipated to make the transition. That 60,000 will hopefully avoid unemployment thanks to the job skills they obtain. Another good proposal.

    Have met him a couple of times; but am not related to him.

    When I disagree with a decision, I write the Governor’s office. They do read those letters even if they do not agree.

    What about you? Do you write the Legislators and Governor to express your views? Or do you hide behind some annonymous name and spout off in venues like this?

    Just for the record, what has the White House occupant done to improve the employment picture in NC? Be specific; don’t blatther away with Liberal generalities.

  • SurfCityTom

    should take your own advice.

    Stick to the question addressed to you.

    Don’t side step or use smoke and bluster to sow confusion.

    What specifically has the White House occupant done to create jobs or lower the unemployment rate in NC?

    It’s time to put up or shut up.

  • Guestman.

    you got nothing then, obviously.

  • SurfCityTom

    how many posters must call you out and ask you to name 1 single act the White House Occupant has done in order to get you to put up?

    So far you’ve been like a beached whale — blowing hot air and spouting off.

    Obviously, you had nothing better to do until entitlements come out. 10 or so days and June i will refill your card.

  • GuestMan.

    $787,000,000,000 that saved countless jobs in NC and over 3,000,000 jobs overall in the USA.
    Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute in the triangle that will add jobs. Has even been endorsed by your Svengali, McRotten.
    That is just two things.
    Can you give me one job, other than his cronies, that McRotten’s policies have created? Please try to stay on point this time and give me the jobs.

  • Fedup

    C’mon, give Guestman a job that the Gov has created if you can.

  • SurfCityTom

    where in my post did I mention a creation of jobs?

    I didn’t.

    You and the other blathering idiot, should learn to read and comprehend.

    This dealt with lowering the unemployment rate.

    I’m still waiting for 1 program initiated in the White House which lowered the unemployment rate in NC.

  • guestman.

    That or $831,000,000,000 whichever report you believe. Now quit dodging, you old teabagger, and give me one thing McRotten has done.

  • Fedup

    I guess all you have are insults and stupidity if you think that kicking people off of UI benefits decreases unemployment. People not on the unemployment rolls are still not working. It is disingenious , at best, to use the amount of claims being filed as the criteria for the unemployment figures. Typical of the “tea party”, Tom Tillis, and the Gov, to try to obfuscate the truth, and you are stupid enough to go along with it.

  • SurfCityTom

    did you come up with $787 BILLION?

  • SurfCityTom

    the report applies to North Carolina, alone.

    Since the inauguration of Governor McCrory in January, 2013, the unemployment rate has fallen 23%.

    If you’re going to be so quick in handing out credit without knowing the fats, at least give the credit to the proper person, the NC Governor.

  • 9743

    Amen Guestman!!!

  • Guestman.

    It has taken a while for the President’s policies to get us out of the economic doldrums put in place by Bush Lite and the radical republican’ts, but there are brighter days ahead. It takes some time to overcome the Great Bush Recession of 2008 but his perserverance will pay off to the good of all Americans..

  • Erlkoenig

    Odd how Dear Leader’s policies only seem to work in Republican states. I guess The Peoples Republic of New York and Californistan didn’t get the memo.

  • HotDog

    What policies, exactly, have helped us out of the doldroms you speak of?

  • xyz123

    Guestman, are you that naïve? My guess is yes. Radical republicans? What about radical democrats? You sound like an old fart that needs to change his diapers on a regular basis. There is/has been no difference over the past 20 years. It’s a friggin oligarchy, but keep living in your fantasy world, that suits you best. Nothing Obama has done will ever bring brighter days. You will soon see, if you don’t roll over dead in your own feces.

  • SnarkmeisterGeneral

    Amen again, Guestman! Well said.

  • molly

    These same blathering blowhards get all their talking points from Fox News and are self-described “ditto heads” of Rush Limbaugh!

  • JJC

    Look this isn’t rocket science. Last year the state republicans cut unemployment payments in half. Reciepents couldn’t survive on $200 a week or whatever it dropped to, so they had to get of their hind ends and actually find work. Instead of getting by on $500/week by doing nothing.

  • Guest2020

    How many of these newly employed people are actually underemployed compared to what their last jobs were? How many are working full-time for less? How many are working part-time instead of full-time?

  • Guestman.

    You sound like one of the paid conservative bloggers that are appearing on here with increasing regularity. SC Tom, are you reading this?


Related News