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Economy

NC unemployment rate drops slightly in November

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video North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November from a month earlier as the state gained nearly 35,000 new jobs. The state Commerce Department released figures Friday showing that the rate dropped to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent in October. Full story...
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2012 record breaking for NC film industry

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video North Carolina witnessed another year of record-breaking film numbers in 2012. Year-end projections show productions had direct in-state spending of more than $376 million and created more than 4,100 crew positions for the state's workforce. Full story...
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Nutrition firm Herbalife to hire 500 at NC plant

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Nutrition and weight-loss supplement-maker Herbalife is revamping a defunct Dell Inc. computer manufacturing plant in North Carolina for an East Coast production center that will employ about 500 in three years. Full story...
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Belk adding 150 jobs to handle online sales

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Charlotte-based Belk Inc. is adding about 150 jobs to deal with its growing online sales. Full story...
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Marino on Money: Keeping food costs down

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video If you hosted Thanksgiving dinner, you probably are aware of how food prices have gone up since summer droughts damaged many crops. With Christmas approaching, certified financial planner Ross Marino has some tips to help keep your food costs down. Full story...
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End to benefits approaching for long-term unemployed

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videoStores are beginning to bustle with folks out Christmas shopping, but for thousands of people receiving unemployment benefits in our area, the biggest worry will soon be just keeping a roof over their heads. Full story...
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Area businesses cash in on Cyber Monday

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video Store owners in the Cape Fear say this was the busiest weekend of shopping they've seen in years. Today, Cyber Monday is in full effect, and many people are logging on for holiday deals. Full story...
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Shopping small puts big bucks into economy

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video This weekend kicked off “Small Business Saturday,” a nation-wide push for the support of Mom and Pop stores. In Wilmington, a few small shops felt the effects of the campaign. They say there was a theme to all the madness. Full story...
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NC unemployment rate drops slightly in October

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video The state Commerce Department released figures Friday showing that the rate dropped to 9.3 percent from 9.6 percent in September. The figures show a significant improvement from a year ago, when unemployment was 10.6 percent in October 2011. Full story...
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Hostess to close, cites nationwide worker strike

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video Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers. Full story...
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Area businesses serve those who have served

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video Many area businesses are saying thank you to our nation's armed forces with specials and discounts for current and past military members. Full story...
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Local unemployment more than point higher than nation

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video The October national jobs report released today shows more than 170,000 jobs were added to the economy last month. So why is our local unemployment office as crowded as ever? Full story...
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Pleasure Island businesses have mix views of bridge work impact

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video After weeks of delays, a long-term work project on the Snow's Cut Bridge has begun. One lane in each direction will be closed for about four months But with the holidays right around the corner, businesses on Pleasure Island have mixed feelings about the timing of the project. Full story...
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34th Annual Riverfest brings big money to businesses

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People filled downtown Wilmington this weekend for the 34th annual Riverfest celebration. Local businesses and vendors welcomed the crowds into their stores. They look at Riverfest as an opportunity to expand. Full story...
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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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