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Economy

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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NC private university lowers tuition to compete

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A small private college in Raleigh is lowering student tuition next year to attract students from middle-class families. Full story...
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'Cyber Monday' sales rise 33 percent

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A new report says a record number of shoppers made purchases online on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, pushing sales up 33 percent. Full story...
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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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