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Economy

Unemployment ticks down in NC

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North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly from September and October, but it continues to be well above the national level. North Carolina's rate is 10.4 percent compared to 9.0 percent nationally. Full story...
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NC lawmakers trade accusations again over layoffs

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State government data on how many laid-off public workers in North Carolina are getting severance are raising questions about how many people no longer have jobs under the budget pushed through by Republicans lawmakers. Full story...
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City approves bonuses and party for employees

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video The issue of bonuses for city employees was expected to be a hot button topic at tonight’s city council meeting, but with no public opposition, council passed the motion unanimously. Full story...
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Governor says Burgaw small business model for job creation

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video With the economy continuing to falter and jobs still hard to come by, some folks are getting creative on how to make a buck. One company in our area is taking a load off those who don't know how to cook, and has even gotten the governor's attention. Full story...
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Smartphones key in smart shopping this Christmas

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video We're still a couple weeks from Thanksgiving, but the holiday shopping season is underway. If you're looking for help, forget the computer. Just pull out your Smartphone. More shoppers are turning to their phones to find the best deals, coupons and gift ideas, and retailers are catching on. Full story...
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Wilmington council considers $1.2M for bonuses, employee party

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video If council approves the $1.2 million, the majority of city employees will get $1,000 come December. The city also plans to use up to $7,000 of the money for an employee appreciation party. Full story...
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Occupy Wilmington holds ground in front of City Hall

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video Protesters have been occupying the space in front of Wilmington City Hall for a couple of days now. Unlike other occupy movements around the country that have gotten violent and even deadly, members of Occupy Wilmington say they are a friendly bunch who just want their voices heard. Full story...
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Summit will look at western NC economy

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About 300 entrepreneurs, investors, economic developers, elected officials and others are expected to attend a summit about the best way for government leaders to work with businesses to improve the western North Carolina economy. Full story...
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Wilmington company turning yard trash into treasure

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video With the economy the way it's been, it's tough to find feel good stories in the business community. ABC World News has been featuring businesses that are putting people to work in its "Made in America" series. We found a local business that is doing well and selling product that's "Made in the Cape Fear" just off Market Street. Full story...
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Traditional Thanksgiving dinner cost up 13 percent

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The American Farm Bureau Federation reported Thursday that a meal with turkey and all the trimmings will cost about 13 percent more this holiday. Full story...
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Business leaders discuss film industry's impact on Wilmington area

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video Show business was the topic of conversation this morning with business leaders in Wilmington. Experts say incentives are essential to drawing productions here, but they are not the only thing that play a role in getting more movies and TV shows to Hollywood East. Full story...
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Online magazine says Wilmingtonians are broke

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The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website backed by Newsweek magazine, recently ranked Wilmington No. 17 on its list of “America’s Brokest Cities.” Full story...
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Home prices in Wilmington increase

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Homes across Wilmington continue to gain value according to new data released today by CoreLogic. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Local leaders look to state to expand rail service

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video Everyone is looking for more jobs and business to get our economy back on track. Transportation planners say one solution could be restoring a 27-mile stretch of railroad between Castle Hayne and Wallace. Full story...
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State offers tax break on Energy Star appliances this weekend

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video In today's economy everybody's looking to save a few bucks wherever they can. This weekend, you may be able to do that in a big way not only at the store, but also at home on your electric bill. Full story...
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