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Local counties see fall in unemployment

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There is encouraging news on the job front. There was a downtick in unemployment for our local counties in August. New Hanover County led the regional rebound with a half point drop from July to nine percent. Pender County was down four-tenths to 11.1 percent. Brunswick County was down a tenth to 10.6 percent. Columbus County dropped half a point to 12.8 percent. Bladen County was down four tenths to 12.3 percent. Overall, unemployment was down in ninety counties.

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Encouraging???

Did these statistics come from the employment securities office? If so, did these people get jobs or did their unemployment benefits run out? If this happened the past 6 months in a row or for the next 6 months, then you could call it "Encouraging".

This is NOT...

encouraging news. I know the objective of this story is to bring morale back up but have you ever thought that the reason the unemployment rates were on a "downtick" in August is because businesses have laid off so many employees that if they cut much more they will be unoperational and probably close their doors? They are operating their businesses with key personnel and nothing more. They aren't laying off any more and they sure are NOT hiring. So no, unemployment rate is not getting better or on a "downtick", it has just stabilized! Geesh!!