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Economy

NC unemployment rate for June remains unchanged

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North Carolina's unemployment rate remained unchanged in June, staying at 8.8 percent. But state Department of Commerce figures show that employers in North Carolina dropped nearly 11,000 jobs from May to June. Full story...
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President of embattled NC Rural Center retires

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The longtime president of the embattled North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center has announced he will retire, effective immediately. Full story...
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City, county, UNCW want to rebrand area's offerings

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video The City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and UNCW want to join forces along with businesses leaders for a large community partnership that will focus on rebranding the area's economic goals. Full story...
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NC becomes 1st state to drop federal jobless funds

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North Carolina is cutting unemployment benefits for new claims beginning Sunday, a move that also makes it the first state disqualified from a federal unemployment compensation program for the long-term jobless. Full story...
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Business owners: Parking, weather, construction slowing sales downtown

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videoTourist season usually ushers in a new crowd of out-of-towners looking to spend a few bucks in downtown wilmington. But business owners say profits are down. Full story...
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AT&T to host Wilmington job fair to fill 400 posts

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videoJust days after the the job market in our area took a hit with the announcement of 600 layoffs when DAK Americas closes its Navassa plant this fall, another business is looking to hire. Full story...
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NC jobless rate falls to 8.8 percent in May

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North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent in May, marking the fourth straight month of improvement in the measure of economic health for workers. Full story...
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DAK Americas closing Navassa plant

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video Six-hundred people will soon be out of work after a Brunswick County factory closes its doors. Full story...
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Zoning request approved for 300-acre development

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video The City of Wilmington Planning Commission met tonight to discuss a number of issues including the future of nearly 300 acres of land on the north and south sides of Independence Boulevard between South 17th Street and Carolina Beach Road. Full story...
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Council of State approves wood pellet facility at Port of Wilmington

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The Council of State has approved a lease agreement to let a wood pellet maker build a facility at the State Port of Wilmington. The North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors approved the deal with Enviva Holdings, LP last week. Full story...
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