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US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low

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The US unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate fell because more people found work, a trend that could impact the presidential election. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate up slightly to 9.7 percent

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North Carolina's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.7 percent in August with nearly 6,000 more people reported as jobless. The state Commerce Department said Friday North Carolina's unemployment rate rose slightly for a second straight month. Full story...
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NC woman rides bike 26 miles to apply for job

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A Cherryville woman who's been out of work for a year and a half went to marathon lengths to apply for a job. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: McCrory talks jobs in county with highest unemployment rate in North Carolina

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video As the Democratic Party collects in Charlotte, the GOP candidate for governor in North Carolina went to Scotland County this afternoon. The topic isn't who's running for the job of president, but where are the jobs in North Carolina? Full story...
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Romney says US energy independence is achievable

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The GOP presidential candidate says his plans for reaching that goal include increased offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina. Full story...
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Wilmington-based ethanol-maker gets USDA backing for fuel plant

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A company that wants to turn grass grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel is getting the federal backing it wants to build an ethanol plant. Full story...
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Unemployment up in Wilmington area for June

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Unemployment rates rose in 84 of North Carolina's 100 counties in June, including all five in our area. Full story...
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NC sets state record for film production spending

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North Carolina has set a record for in-state film production spending this year with five months left to go. The North Carolina Film Office reported Wednesday that 35 films in 30 counties have accounted for $300 million in spending this year. Full story...
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NetApp to expand in NC, create 460 jobs in 4 years

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Data management provider NetApp Inc. says it's creating another 460 jobs in North Carolina for a new high-performance computer center and paying the new employees six-figure average salaries. Full story...
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NC unemployment steady for third straight month

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North Carolina's unemployment rate has held steady at 9.4 percent for the third straight month. Full story...
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Cherokee's casino holds job fair to fill 500 slots

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The new gaming agreement between the state of North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is prompting operators to hold two job fairs to add 500 new positions. Full story...
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Wilmington-based Castle Branch adding more jobs

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Wilmington-based Castle Branch Inc., says it plans to add more than 50 new jobs over the next year. Castle Branch is the 10th largest privately held employment screening company in the country. Full story...
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Ralph Lauren adding 500 jobs in High Point

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Ralph Lauren Corp. will create 500 more jobs over the next five years and invest $97 million in High Point, where the company already has several operations. Full story...
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Elementary students get look at potential careers

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New Hanover County's Blair Elementary School held a Career Carnival today for third, fourth and fifth graders. The kids got a chance to ask people questions about their jobs to give them an idea of what the future may hold. Full story...
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Unemployment drops in Wilmington area

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Unemployment rates fell in 93 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in April, including all five in our area. As a whole, the Wilmington metro area say a 0.7-point drop from March to 9.2 percent in April. Full story...
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