slow recovery in North Carolina http://wfae.org en State Unemployment Report Shows Modest Improvement http://wfae.org/post/state-unemployment-report-shows-modest-improvement <p></p><p>North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to a seasonally-adjusted 9.1 percent in November, according to the latest data today from the state’s Commerce Department. That’s still more than a point above the national rate of 7.7 percent, but it’s still more “ho ho ho” than “bah humbug.”</p><p>While it decreased by 0.2 percent, North Carolina’s unemployment is still the fifth highest in the nation. But, there’s some trends that have Clemson University economist Bruce Yandle feeling the holiday spirit.</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:47:35 +0000 Ben Bradford 18139 at http://wfae.org State Unemployment Report Shows Modest Improvement Loss Of Construction, Manufacturing Jobs During Recession Keeps NC Unemployment High http://wfae.org/post/loss-construction-manufacturing-jobs-during-recession-keeps-nc-unemployment-high <p>Government figures released Friday showed North Carolina’s unemployment rate is 9.6 percent. That’s fifth-worst in the country. But the state is recovering, albeit slowly.</p><p>About 62,000 more North Carolinians held jobs in <a href="http://www.ncesc1.com/pmi/rates/PressReleases/State/NR_Sept_2012_StRate_M1.pdf">September </a>than a year ago. But even with that improvement, unemployment is still close to 10 percent, while nationally it’s under 8 percent.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 01:11:46 +0000 Michael Tomsic 14282 at http://wfae.org Loss Of Construction, Manufacturing Jobs During Recession Keeps NC Unemployment High