State Unemployment Rate Down Slightly To 10.4 Percent

North Carolina's unemployment rate dropped slightly in October to 10.4 percent.

The Division of Employment Security said Tuesday that compared with a rate of 10.5 percent in September, after the state added 5,500 non-farm jobs.

It's the fourth straight month that the state's unemployment rate has hovered above 10 percent. The national unemployment rate is 9 percent.

Employment Security Assistant Secretary Lynn R. Holmes points out that private sector employment has grown in eight of the last 10 months.

But Holmes says officials won't be satisfied until every North Carolinian who wants a job can find one.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by 40some on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    Yep! That's that stimulus package starting to kick in. Watch out folks, get out the way. You wouldn't want to get in the way of all those unemployed folks headed back to work. It's the summer of recovery!
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 22, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    As the sign says " You miss me yet G W Bush " The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.3% in January 2001, peaking at 6.3% in June 2003 and reaching a trough of 4.4% in March 2007. After an economic slowdown, the rate rose again to 6.1% in August 2008. Hey at least most Americans had a job under Bush. Hussein as president inflation is ramped just buy milk , the stock market is in the pits, gas is still near $4.00 a gallon , Black Americans are over 18% unemployed. I miss the G W Bush years. Heck we might not have known it , but time were good back then. Now America pays China 79.4 million dollars a day in interest on our debt to them. What a joke insane Hussein. We got his insane's Hope N Change right up the wazzo!
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      by 40some on Nov 22, 2011 at 07:58 PM in reply to Wolfgang
      Increased fuel costs and production. Of course the biggie, every democrat president has to raise minimum wage and the price of every thing goes up accordingly. The guy that struggled to get to ten bucks an hour and his money is now worth close to the minimum wage earner.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    This is good news, now if we could get as low as VA that has a 6.4%.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM
    Un-American snake oil, you would like nothing better than an increase in unemployment. Traitor! Go back to your Taliban friends.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 22, 2011 at 03:14 PM in reply to
      Sorry, the Taliban threw me out since I am christain and won't convert but they tell me you guys are supporting them at OWS. They said you would convert to Islam or have you head cut off..those funny guys. You inability to express the truth is overshadowed by your lack of intelligence on unemployment. Your chosen one has kept jobs down by his actions and inactions on some items. So when you grow up and learn how to use a computer to google and find things like truth and facts and stop drinking the koolaid(by the way, the cat sort of like sprayed their earlier) you might have a valid argument. But from what you posted...I suggest you take the septic tank pump out job at the trailer park!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Ha; down but not to an acceptable level. Oh well.
  • by None Location: Havelock on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    No it did not go down they just ran out of benefits so they did not receive them that month.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    Wow...10.4 percentage you say. Didn't that Hopey Changey guy that got president promise something under 8???
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      by Disgusted on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to
      What a joke the Hopey Changey guy is......everything is going as planned. America is suffering and he is keeps grinning!
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      by WOW on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM in reply to
      He promised that "it wouldn't go above 8%" during his presidency. How's that hopey-changey thing working for ya'?
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Occupy Washington Headquarters on Nov 22, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Wow, more hope and change last month. This is great news! I can see people dancing in the street and sporting hope and change signs downtown Washington! What a great job democrats have done for America for giving so many paid vacations against their will. Wow, who would have thunk that.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      How about that jobs bill Republicans passed...oh wait...They only care about discriminating against homosexuals and don't really care if the economy improves as long as they get their money.
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        by Many on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:45 PM in reply to
        The republicans in congress have passed many bills, the problem is they sit in the senate and wait to be voted on. Do the research and find the truth, listen to the lame stream media and stay uninformed. The choice is up to you!! Just to make that statement clear, I am not talking about another tv news media outlet, do some real research, for yourself, do you know how? I doubt it!!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:48 PM in reply to
        What have the democrats done to create jobs?
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      by saywha? on Nov 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Well, well, if it isn't old snake oil rearing his head. Honestly, you defend pedophile enablers and you clearly wish that unemployment numbers would stay high. Could you be any more un-American?
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        by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:50 PM in reply to saywha?
        The only thing more un-american is the democrats doing their best to derail the plans to pass a balanced budget. They hoped it would fail, triggering automatic cuts. Democrats want america to fail.
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      by The Borg on Nov 22, 2011 at 01:05 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil co
      Don't worry, Obama Snake Oil, they're just getting the numbers down just in time for the elections next year. Of course, anyone with any common sense realizes that nothing has changed, and this is just more smoke and mirrors, whether its coming from DC or Raleigh.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    Where is the word unexpectedly that the AP always uses when saying unemployment is up? I didn't expect it to ever go down, even if it was slightly. Obviously the AP doesn't want to use unexpectedly because it would appear that they are somehow being objective.

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