State Unemployment Drops Below 10%

North Carolina's unemployment rate is back under 10%, for the first time in six months.

New figures out this morning for December show the state's unemployment is at 9.9%, down from 10% in November.

The state says since December 2010, private sector jobs have increased by 29,400. Leisure and hospitality had the largest gain with 11,800.

The last time unemployment was below 10% was in June when the rate was also 9.9%.


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  • by Wow on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:08 PM
    I can't believe liberals are happy with 10%. They will stop at nothing to ruin the US!!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    By every measure the economy is improving. Despite the Repugs creating the the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and then doing exactly NOthing to help people get back to work, things are still progressing. In 2012, when the "do nothings repugnants" of the "do nothing House" are removed and replaced with Progressives, we'll finish this turn around. Remember Repugs, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the pollution". Oops, I forgot Repugs don't believe in pollution.
  • by The Borg Location: Pitt County on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
    Of course the unemployment rate is below 10 percent (at least that's what they tell us.) But then you know why. Because Pat McCrory is making mincemeat out of Bev Perdue in every poll. She needs some good news to get back on stride. Even if it isn't true.
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      by JC on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM in reply to The Borg
      Please help me. I am not familiar with a Pat McCrory
  • by Taxpayer Location: Williamston on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    This is bull, I am still out of work its just that the figures dont show it,,The true figure is at least 15%,,,Lets get rid of Bev and Obama
  • by Jean Location: NASH on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    Governor extending benefits meant only those that ran out in December complicated tier system.It is easy to jusdge when you have work & money. I had always been a Republican but now I am in the effects of this economy and have to stoop to whatever it is like unemployment to survive, I know that some people deserve to get help! All people are not sitting on front porches & working the system. I appreciate that I have help until jobs are here again.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:32 PM in reply to Jean
      Then you should loathe the democrats for making you unemployed. They drove the companies overseas with EPA regs and the highest corp taxes in the world. Send a personal thank you to Obama, this is his New World Order and his message of hope and change.
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        by Peggy on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Sir, please provide with the address so I can thank Mr. Obama. Sincerely, Peggy
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      by Barlow on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM in reply to Jean
      If you worked and are getting unemployment then you are not "stooping" to anything. You paid for your benefit and deserve it.
  • by 40some on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    Wow, 10% already. The republicans haven't even been in control in Raleigh even 2 years.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM
    No doubt it is time for real CONSERVATIVE policies. democrats/liberals/socialist have started to turn this country into a European Welfare state. No doubt there have been to many Republican "establishment" candidates that have wasted money as well. We have not had true Capitalism in this country for generations. We prop up failures and attack the successful. We force people to hand over their money their entire working lives and promise them they may get some of it back when they retire. Money that if was left for you to put in a bank would be $300-500,000. Most people will never live long enough to even see a fraction. The military is one of the few things that the federal government is supposed to do. Everything else they need to get their hands out of.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 at 09:06 AM
    the governor just extended unemployment benefits. Whats the problem. Millions have been sent to the global transpark in kinston over 25 years and spirit aviation just showed up, probably not for long, after the election, there are rumors that they are moving to st. louis. thanks governor for wasting more of our tax money. my retirement is the power ball lottery, but they just double that cost.
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      by 40some on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to
      That big change in the powerball was probably our chance to get out of that contract.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to
      You're just like SOOOOO many others in this country when it comes to retirement planning......YOU didn't. Good luck with the power ball dream.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 24, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    Finally got the Republicans in charge in both chambers in the state and were able to put up a firewall in Washington against more democrats wasting trillions on "shovel ready" jobs that do not exist, "green jobs" that are scams, and the constant threat of tax increases. Get the Republicans back in charge of the Senate and White House and we can have unemployment at 4.4% like it was before Reid and Pelosi took over.
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      by charge on Jan 24, 2012 at 09:22 AM in reply to Dave
      You can't blame the democrats for everything and the job losts. we would be in the same situation if Mcain was president, then all republicans would say, LETS HELP OUR PRESIDENT. IT took America 10 years to get in this mess, it's going to take 10 years to get out of it. This down talking of OBAMA and the Democrats is over blown. Republicans are for the top 1%. Obama and the democrats are for the 99%. Blame Bush some time .
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      by LIAR !!! on Jan 24, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to Dave
      BOTH partys spend/waste money we don't have!! The deficit was tripled from 1980-1992!! It was brought down to a 200 billion surplus by '99, and then Bush ran up close to a 10 trillion deficit and Obama has taken up where he left off. Democrats tax & spend, republicans spend & borrow! Look at archives of US treasury if you don't believe me. We spend more money on defense than all of the next 14 countries combined! The US spends more money for health care than any industrialized nation, yet we have lower infant mortality rates than 3rd world nations, google it to verify, and lower life expectancy rates as compared to others. The Gini coeffecient continues to show trailing behind others, with the middle class stagnating/shrinking x 30 yrs!! That is under BOTH partys. DC does NOT represent us! Special interests run this country and has corrupted DC! Until we can elect our own via campaign finance reform and end special inteerst/PAC influence we are doomed. The numbers do NOT lie; however, you and career politicians do!! CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM NOW! END LOBBYIST PAC INFLUENCE! BRING DEMOCRACY BACK!
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        by Harold on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM in reply to LIAR !!!
        I was with you right up until you said democracy. What you described is a perfectly run democracy. That is why our forefathers put Republic in the Constitution and NOT a democracy. Before you bash something, at least know what it is.
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          by Gotcha on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to Harold
          You prefer taxation without representation then. Well I don't. With 2/3 of DC being worth a least 1 million, or very short order after getting there, and 90% of them being lawyers. I'd say I was NOT being represented. Running for office requiers one to be a polictical hack and/or rich to pursue and win office e.g. the one with the most money wins 90% of the time regardess of party. I guess you prefer a monarchy, well... I don't but enjoy serfdom, because we're in it!! I'd prefer to have public servant versus what we have now! A democratic republic is what I want to return to the US!! You prefer to serve a king and live as a serf!! To each his own.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM in reply to LIAR !!!
        Right off the libterdial web site! Did you know that sheep must be sheared annually? Well, most of us are blaming the party that spent the money and Obama signed the bills. I am not sure what state of the 57 you are from, but that was the democrats, really.
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          by Speak of the Devil on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
          Pray tell me facist where you can get your info. So Google is a libterd site. That tin foil hat is tight!! Funny you can't offer any info that can be found via Google, etc. Show me different, or admit you can't back up your gibberish!! All you can do is throw stones and quote media propaganda. Numbers don't lie, but you and yours do!! Show me different via nonpartisan/public domain site, I DARE YOU!!! Present info that can be googled and won't end a partisan site!!!Spend & borrow one!!!!
  • by Vet on Jan 24, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    I am a vet and thanks to Obama and Perdue, my house is about to be foreclosed... Thank you!
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      by IT's YOUR fault on Jan 24, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Vet
      I've got heommorhoids and it's your fault!! I stumped my toe and it's Bush's fault!! You're a loser and it's your fault!! Look in the mirror if you want to blame somebody!! We are the masters of our fate. The economy was ruined because of Wall Street greed and real estate bubble. ALL of our government protection systems failed us e.g. SEC, Fed, mortgage origination companies, etc. due to being controlled by special interests! If you want to blame someboody for something, why don't you blame the folks who run this country?! i.e. special interests/PACs!! We continue to blame a particular party when all they do is the bidding of special intersts. If you think anyone one else is in charge you're truly an idiot, as they laugh at folks like you all the way to the bank!!
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        by Thank you on Jan 24, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to IT's YOUR fault
        If 65 percent of this country knew what you do, we could retake our government back and actually have people in Washington that serve the people. I dream come true, however to many party blind people, and no common sense continue to drive us all down the dead end road. Thank you so much for your post, very well said, at least there are 2 of us in ENC with common sense
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        by Vet on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM in reply to IT's YOUR fault
        No, its your fault! You voted for Perdue and Obama, then want to blame the 95%(the middle class). You are nothing but a liberal parrot, quoting MSNBC! You do not have enough intelligence to formulate your own opinion!
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to IT's YOUR fault
        So you don't see the connection with progressive loosening of the loan requirements so people that cannot afford a home, got one? Do you not see the connection with Obama as a community organizer, Christopher Dodd or Barney Franks with Freddie and Fannie? You sir, are a fool.
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        by 40some on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to IT's YOUR fault
        Wasn't it Hussein's promise he made to get elected that everyone was gonna get to keep their homes?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to Vet
      I'll thank you for your services to our country BUT I won't show pity for you because you can't make it on your own......it's your fault and nobody elses. That's what wrong with this country now.....everybody wanting to blame somebody else for their troubles.
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        by What?? on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM in reply to
        "I'll thank you for your services to our country BUT...", well, on behalf of "vet" kiss my butt!!!!! Whoever this person is and I thank him or her for his/her service from the bottom of my heart, served our country and probably came home to no hope of employment, thanks to Obama and his policies, and this is the thanks you give him. Well, I think I probably speak for every vet when I say, keep your appreciation, they don't need it!!!! I hope you lose your job, your house and everything else you ever worked for, I hope you end up in the streets begging for food. It is brave men and women like "vet" that allow you the freedoms that you have and you have no respect, you are a piss poor excuse of an american citizen, just like your "king" Obama!!
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        by lol on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:29 PM in reply to
        I would assume that your opinion must be that they simply took a page out of Obama's book, they learned from the master. When you fail just blame the person before you. Obama - One Big A** Mistake America; OMG - Obama Must go. Food Stamp, liberal, Muslim, anti-american, lying, poor excuse of a leader president - worse than Jimmy Carter and every americans worst nightmare.
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