State Unemployment Drops Slightly

North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in January as the state gained 17,000 nonfarming jobs.

New data out this morning shows unemployment at 10.2%, compared to 10.4% in December. The state still trails the national unemployment rate of 8.3%.

Construction saw the biggest percentage increase at 3.5%, followed by professional and business services at 2.8% and leisure and hospitality services with a 2.0% increase from December.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    Funny how when the number is revised upwards today to 10.5, all you hear is crickets. Nothing in the media, nothing on the boards. That's what the DNC is all about. Tell you what you want to hear and hide the inconvenient truths.
  • by April Location: Washington , NC on Mar 13, 2012 at 09:30 PM
    I need a Obama Job Stimulas Plan Job? I asked for '1' I got LOL? When I asked to get a Obama job. I had work under G W Bush. Plus I got '2' tax free checks from Bush to spend. I want a Obama job!
  • by Obama on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
    Obamas followers are still on welfare, while working people are finally getting back to work!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
    Amazing...when the unemployment numbers were going up...the Repugs said they were accurate, now that they are coming down...they are bogus!! Remember their number one objective, make Obama a one term president, by any means necessary, even if it means destroying the country. Just say NO to everything.
  • by To Lavon on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    Hey Lavon, the national debt is $15.5 Trillion! Obama has that stuck to him like glue! Oh yeah, gas is up $2/gallon since he took office, again stuck like glue along with many, many other failures!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:37 PM
    Don't get mad at me because your forced to vote for a guy that baptizes dead people. WOW!
    • reply
      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM in reply to Lavon
      Well Lavon, he does it just before they go vote for Obama...he will need all the dead voters he can get this time.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    The Republicans have been trying for three years now to throw mud at Obama and nothing has stuck yet. Now they've started talking about some dead guy. A deam man now people. How pathetic is that
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM
    Farmers are starting to get ready for planting. Weather is getting primes for construction starts. Tourist areas are getting prepped for spring breakers and the beach season touristors. We are still higher than huh.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM in reply to 250
      You can subtract that construction part.The rest I agree.
  • by Data Man on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Obama is doing his thing! He always come through for us!
    • reply
      by obamanot on Mar 13, 2012 at 03:02 PM in reply to Data Man
      us?You dropped the bomb on that one Data Dudette!I always thought he only cared about his family and 5 other people.Thanks for your confirmation.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to Data Man
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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    What was basically made public today is that the dems had been cooking the books on unemployment numbers for decades to make themselves look better. Just like the obama administration. The Republicans are not only telling the truth but actually creating jobs in North Carolina. If you look at nationwide numbers the increases in jobs are coming from states that went to Republicans in 2010!!! There is a reason that after 3 years obama is at his lowest approval ever. Your toast dems!!! 2012 will be worse for you than 2010.
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      by So True on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to Dave
      If you want to make a republican angry tell a lie. If you want to make a democrat angry tell the truth. Be careful there, you are upsetting the democrats. LMAO!!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:34 PM in reply to Dave
      Ummmm hows that Clown Show doing? I heard tickets are now half price.
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