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Unemployment

National unemployment rate falls to 8.3 pct. after hiring surge

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The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation's outlook for job growth. Full story...
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Brunswick County residents struggle with sagging job numbers

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The numbers for unemployment in North Carolina for December came out earlier this week. Brunswick County had the biggest jump in our area from November, so we decided to put a face to the statistics. Full story...
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Unemployment surges in Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen

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Unemployment was up in 93 of North Carolina's 100 counties during December, including four of five counties in our area, according to numbers released this morning by North Carolina Department of Commerce - Labor and Economic Analysis Division. Full story...
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State unemployment falls one-tenth of a percent

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Since December 2010, private sector jobs have increased by 29,400 (seasonally adjusted). Over-the-year, leisure & hospitality had the largest job gain with 11,800. Total nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey decreased slightly by 4,400 but was up 19,600 over-the-year. Full story...
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Unemployment falls to three-year low as economy adds 200K jobs

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A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. Full story...
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Unemployment remains political football in NC

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The head of North Carolina's unemployment benefits office found herself in an unusual spot before a General Assembly committee - subpoenaed by legislators to talk about money owed to the federal government and how jobless data is shared with the governor. Full story...
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Proposed bill would ban cheery SC greeting mandate

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Two South Carolina legislators say state employees shouldn't have to answer the phone with Gov. Nikki Haley's mandated cheery greeting unless it's truly a great day in South Carolina. Full story...
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NC jobless rate dips to 10 percent in 6-month low

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North Carolina's unemployment rate has dipped to 10 percent, the lowest since June, as the private sector added roughly 4,600 jobs. Full story...
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Despite better national numbers, local job market still tough

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video New data from the US Labor Department show signs of hope for the job market. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits nationally dropped to its lowest since 2008. But is the Cape Fear seeing a similar situation? Full story...
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Unemployment rate falls to lowest since March 2009

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The unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years, as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy. Full story...
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