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Local unemployment numbers up

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The local unemployment statistics are out, and the news isn't good across our five county area; the numbers are up across the board. Rocky Point resident Crystal Thomas lost her job a week ago after relocating from Texas. Like many other Pender County residents she is now looking for work. I just came here, found a job, and laid off, and so I'm looking again.” Pender County Job Link manager, Rosemary Pittman said, while many are out of work, people in her office are nearly overworked, trying to help people find jobs. The State Employment Securities Commission reported the latest unemployment numbers by county. From December of this year compared to last... Bladen is up 3.8% Brunswick is up 4.6% Columbus is up 5.2% New Hanover is up 3.5% Pender is up 4.8% That's where we see the biggest percent increase. But there is help out there. Unemployment benefits are available up to a maximum 26 weeks. If you're looking for a job, the Job Link Centers offer free internet and counseling along with free resume writing classes. Job Link Centers can also help with tuition and books for those who qualify if someone would like to go back to school to learn a new trade.

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Every community has a tipping point as to the balance of jobs, housing, greenspace/natural resources available. Why is it that we elect people who seek to exploit every square inch of this county like locusts, or alien invaders? If they would only realize that less available building space would increase: 1.)property values due to low supply/high demand, 2.)the salaries of available jobs due to low supply of housing for workers, 3.)the quality of life due to increased greenspace, resurgence of wildlife/fish, reduced crowding, less traffic impact, etc... We don't need Titan jobs, we don't need landfills in Leland, we don't need to sell our souls and trash this beautiful place and destroy it for our children. More jobs means more people moving here for perceived "opportunity", more apartment and condo complexes, more building on greenspace, AND more crime, over-impact on strained infrastructure, more taxes to pay for it all, and eventually, it turns into New York City.