Good & Bad News In Unemployment Numbers

There's good news and bad news from new numbers out today on the unemployment picture.

State numbers show unemployment rates dropped in 74 of the 100 counties in the state, but most of those counties where the rate did go up are here in Eastern Carolina.

Twenty counties saw an increase in November, 13 of those here in the east. Data shows Hyde County with the biggest jump of 1.9%, while Washington County was next with a 1.3% jump. Other counties seeing an increase were Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pasquotank counties.

On the plus side, Lenoir County saw the biggest drop in the number of those unemployed in the east, dropping 0.7%. Craven dropped 0.4%, while Pitt and Beaufort counties were down 0.3% in November.


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  • by smoke-on the-water Location: enc on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    where did you get your numbers? According to the NC Employment Securties website... Edgecombe,Greene,Halifax,Hertford,Martin,Onslow and Pasquotank all went down in unemployment numbers. Washington County remained the same
  • by Unemployed Location: Beaufort County on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    The percentages that the goverment is given out on unemployment rates are completely not true. They are counting the rate as those who come off unemployment assitantance or have exhausted there benefits and are still not employed.I can say with no doubt that Beaufort Counties Unemployment rate is about 15percent if they would count the people that arestill unemployed. But this is the goverment way.HUMbug!!!!!!!!
  • by New Pres on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    Man Obama, has really hurt NC!
  • by Disgruntled(ex)worker on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:06 AM
    Until we can get some infrastructure going in these ENC counties thing will remain the same or keep getting worse.Wonder where all that stimulus money for infrastucture went,perdue and obama???I was just starting to save some money until you two came along.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to Disgruntled(ex)worker
      The Republicans voted against Infrastructure Projects in the Jobs Bill....remember??????
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:50 AM
    This is not exactly true. These numbers do not take account the people who give up looking for work entirely (and decide to just collect unemployment, or, in some cases, just stay home and get nothing).
  • by clegg Location: everywhere on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Let's chalk up another victory for Beverly Purdue.If she stays her course the whole state will be out of work.How can anyone who has never known anything but kick backs and corruption run a state? The voters of N.C.better wake up before it's to late.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    I am sure the number of people who moved to another state were not included in those figures and the number of people who just gave up finding a job and those who moved back in with relatives.so much for fuzzy math figures.
  • by Thank you on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    Thanks Bev and Obama! I can't afford to feed my family because you let illegals take my job!
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      by whine whine on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:44 AM in reply to Thank you
      maybe you should get an education so you can compete, or move your family to another location. stop making excuses, most illegals only work in the fields!
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      by Export on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to Thank you
      You could move to Mexico or China where your Repub friends moved them all to.
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        by Independent for a reason on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Export
        Get your facts right the first NAFTA agreement was signed under Bill Cliniton - last ime I checked he was a democrat. We can continue to blame the poltical parties and system or make sure we hold the current group of politicians (repulicans/democrats/any other polictal party) accountable for their perfromance. If these clowns were in private industry they'd be on the unemployment lines for their current performance. Vote smart in the next election and maybe things will change, vote the party line and we're in trouble.
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        by Thank you on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM in reply to Export
        I was in construction, yes that house you live in was built by Mexicans.
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        by Not True on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:43 PM in reply to Export
        Jobs moved to Mexico and China because manufacturing companies could no longer afford to pay outrageous union salaries and benefits. Companies such as Hyundai, Mercedes and Honda are successfully operating plants in the good ole USA because these operations are in the south and NOT unionized. If the unions would not require a company to pay someone that installs a bolt $40 per hour, recieve 100% paid health insurance and recieve a lifetime 100% paid pension then you would see more jobs come back to the US. If the government would tighten up on illegals, cut back on unemployment benefits, and cut back on entitlement programs, then you would see even more people go back to work. The democrats support the unions, put more regulations in place to prohibit manufacturing, refuse to prosecute illegals that take us jobs and don't pay taxes, and handout disability checks to anyone with a cough but yet you blame the Republicans?
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