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Economy

NC's unemployment rate for Dec. to be released

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North Carolina plans to release its unemployment rate for December. Monday's data from the Employment Security Commission will show the impact holiday hiring may have had on the jobless rate. Full story...
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Chinese delegation visits NC for investment pitch

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China's president is making a state visit to the United States and Chinese business and government leaders are making a side visit to North Carolina as both countries aim to increase trade. Full story...
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Economist predicts improved 2011 for area

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It's hard to know exactly what the future holds when it comes to the local economy, but now we have an idea. Full story...
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Rising rates discouraging for newly unemployed

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videoFor those coming in and out of the Employment Security Commission building in Wilmington, they say those new unemployment numbers are real as they try to keep their heads above water in this struggling economy. Full story...
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Lawmaker: Slow recovery will bring NC budget pain

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A North Carolina state senator says a slow economic recovery and a $3.7 billion budget gap means lawmakers won't have the luxury of phasing out programs to ease the pain for personnel and services. Full story...
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End of the year car sales

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video If you're in the market for a new car, New Years Eve is the last day to get a great end of the year deal before 2011. According to the website TrueCar.com, some of the best days to buy a new car fall in the final two weeks of the year, and the least expensive deals are on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Full story...
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Last call coming for Leland bar

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video Come New Year's Day JW's Place will close up shop for good. Regulars say this place is so much more than a bar. They say it's a bar where they made great friends and great memories. Full story...
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Holiday travel despite high gas and ticket prices

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video Airports and roads throughout the state are full of holiday travelers today. Even with the escalating airfares, and soaring gas prices, many people are still traveling this holiday season. Full story...
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Crunch time for last-minute shoppers

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video There are only two days before Christmas, and it's getting to be crunch time for those last-minute shoppers. Full story...
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Fewer people apply for unemployment benefits

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Slightly fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in three weeks. That's a sign the job market is slowly healing. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Governor says manufacturing plant could come to area

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video Education, the economy and gambling were topics of discussion during Gov. Bev Perdue's roundtable with reporters in Raleigh today. WWAY was the only local TV station to make the trip to the Executive Mansion. Full story...
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Business back as E'town revitalization takes Christmas break

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video Christmas time is always important for businesses. That's why shop owners in Bladen County are glad their town put a hold on its revitalization project until the holidays are over. Full story...
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Pawn shops becoming popular option for holiday deals

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video Experts say spending on Christmas shopping is up this year and that's not just at big-name retail stores. Pawn shops are becoming a popular option for holiday deals, they have everything you can want and for good price. Shop owners say that's why more and more Christmas shoppers are considering their stores. Full story...
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NC-SC homeowners eligible for mortgage assistance

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More than 50,000 homeowners in the Carolinas could be eligible for a federal program to help people keep their homes despite losing their jobs. Full story...
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NC sales tax revenue up big over summer

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North Carolina saw the biggest increase in sales tax revenue of any state over the summer. Full story...
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