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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington unemployment rate now at 11.6%


RALEIGH — Unemployment rates increased in 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in January, according to statistics released today by the state’s Employment Security Commission. Lee County remained the same at 14.6 percent. The ESC began to pay on the Tier IV extension of benefits to over 40,000 claimants this week. This tier of benefits will help provide up to six more weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

“The current economy continues to influence nearly every major job sector, mainly in Manufacturing and Construction,” said ESC Chairman Lynn Holmes. “In our local employment offices, we see, as well, the impact on our citizens. The action by Congress to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program and the latest implementation of benefits will assist thousands more as they continue to look for work.”

North Carolina had 41 counties which were at or below the state’s unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.8 percent. Rates increased in all 14 of the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Total county employment (not-seasonally adjusted) decreased in January by 7,077 workers, to 3,990,829. Not seasonally adjusted unemployment increased, by 41,831 workers. The unemployment total in January was 532,279 workers, compared with 490,448 in December.

Orange County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in January, at 6.9 percent. Meanwhile, Graham County had the highest unemployment rate, at 19.3 percent.

The five counties receiving the highest amount in regular unemployment insurance benefits in January were: Mecklenburg, $23.6 million; Wake, $18.8 million; Guilford, $11.7 million; Forsyth, $7.3 million; and Gaston, $6.2 million. In January, $233.7 million in regular UI benefits was paid to 237,759 individuals statewide, compared to $213.5 million to 218,772 individuals in December.

Unemployment rates in the metropolitan statistical areas for January were:
Asheville — 10.1 percent, up from 8.8 percent in December
Burlington — 13.2 percent, up from 12.1 percent
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC — 12.8 percent, up from 12.1 percent
Durham-Chapel Hill — 8.4 percent, up from 7.7 percent
Fayetteville — 9.8 percent, up from 9.3 percent
Goldsboro — 9.9 percent, up from 9.2 percent
Greensboro-High Point — 12.3 percent, up from 11.4 percent
Greenville — 10.8 percent, up from 10.1 percent
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton — 15.8 percent, up from 14.8 percent
Jacksonville — 8.7 percent, up from 8.2 percent
Raleigh-Cary — 9.5 percent, up from 8.7 percent
Rocky Mount — 14.7 percent, up from 13.9 percent
Wilmington — 11.6 percent, up from 10.6 percent
Winston-Salem — 11 percent, up from 10 percent

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jobs in Wilmington

This place always sucked for employment. We need new, clean industries in either recycling, manufacturing from the recycling, etc.

...and it's going to get a LOT worse!

Here's an interesting story. Caterpillar estimates that the healthcare bill currently being considered will cost it $100 million in the first year. many people do you think that they'll have to LAY OFF to pay that $100 million?

Not to worry

the numbers reflect her Majesty's first year in office. No doubt she will tell you she needs 3 or 4 years for her action plan to take hold.

Of course, first, she needs to develop an action plan.

She's apparently spent more time traveling on the state tab then she likely has spent working on the unemployment issue. I hope no one will insult our intelligence by claiming she's working on the problem in Hollywood as I type.

But again, not to worry. She'll be in Wilmington on the 25th to talk about all she's doing to work on the problem and what the locals can do to work on the problem.

The first item might be to tell her to put away her frequent flyer card and address the state's problems. It certainly will not hurt the state's cash flow which is the whipping child for the delay in issuing state tax refunds.

Those of you who voted for her. Is she giving you what you wanted? Where's Pat McCrory?

No need to worry

President Obama promised a "laser-like focus on jobs".....

...whereupon he embarked on a road show pushing his take-over of healthcare.

Welcome to the change that he promised you. Surprise! You don't work any more!

tier 5

email nancy pelose at also a new u-tube video " tier 5 to survive" at our voice our be heard get the word out. we are being called the grass root movement thats better then being called homeless and hungry. go to and sign the 99er"s petition.

new house unemployment benefits

this bill does not include a tier5 for the ones who are on there last tier of benefits!!!!! do your research!!! call your senators. call your local news paper and local news stations. go to and sign the 99er's cause. just don't sit there and expect april 5th that you will get a check!!!!