State's Unemployment Drops Below 10%

The unemployment picture in the state took a turn for the better, dropping below 10% for the first time in more than a year.

Figures out this morning for February show the unemployment rate dropped to 9.9%, down .3% from January.

“North Carolina continues to gain jobs,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll. “The state has gained 112,000 jobs over the past two years. Growing jobs in North Carolina continues to be Gov. Perdue’s focus. Assisting people to find work through our employment services offices throughout the state con­tinues to be a priority.”

There are still 463,983 people without jobs in the state. The state continues to lag behind the national unemployment rate of 8.3%, while a year ago the state rate stood at 10.4%.


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