North Carolina Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly

Unemployment in North Carolina dropped in August, staying below 11% for the second month in a row.

The Employment Security Commission says 10.8% of the state's workers were off the job in August, compared to 10.9% the previous month. A year ago the unemployment rate stood at 6.6%.

Of the major industries, government had the largest over-the-month gain in jobs, while trade, transportation and utilities had the largest decrease in the number of jobs.

Economists from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on down have said the economy has probably already turned around, but unemployment is likely to worsen for months to come.

North Carolina job-seekers will get a measure of the data that means the most to them on Friday, when the Employment Security Commission announces the statewide unemployment rate for August.

Unemployment in North Carolina has been above the previous historic high for six straight months as of July and hovered around 11 percent since May. A prominent economic forecaster said this week the state's employment picture won't improve until next year.

UNC Charlotte economics professor John Connaughton predicts unemployment will reach 11.2 percent by year's end.

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  • by Ed Location: NC on Sep 18, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    Lavon is going to get a pay raise. He will be the only person to get a restrubtion check from the Rich People. Obama promised all Americans. Obama promised Lavon all this $$$$$ Money in his election promise. Enjoy your redistrubtion check Lavon?
  • by Penny Location: NC on Sep 18, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    I made a type O as of Sept 1, 2009 Don't blame Bush its all Obama's fault now.
  • by Toby Location: NC on Sep 18, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    Lavon you say your due for a raise next month. Doesn't not mean you will get it. Plus the way Obama is destroying this country you might not even have a Job by then.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Sep 18, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Anonymous- Hey you should listen 101.9 kiss102. You might like it
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Sep 18, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    Alice- Actually im due to get a pay raise next month. Go tell Wolfgang that,,,
  • by Penny Location: NC on Sep 18, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    Lavon sorry it is now past the blame Pres. Bush date. Most economist agree that after 8-31-09 was the date you can not blame Pres. Bush anymore. Well I guess you can but it's not a legit argument anymore. As of 1-9-09 Its Obama's ball game now. The jobless rates in California, Nevada and Rhode Island were the highest on records dating to 1976. California and Nevada have been slammed by the housing bust, while Rhode Island has lost thousands of manufacturing and government jobs in the past year. Who is Ben & Barry kidding people are out of work. Purebread best wishes in finding employment.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    LAVON I don't know if you get any of these stations in goldsboro but please listen and be patient even when you get mad be patient.94.3 3:06 PM,790AM at3:06 PM Listen up to 9:00PM tonight or 107.1FM at6:06tonight.
  • by Alice Location: NC on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    Lavon when will you ever stop the spin? -- Just in WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty-two states lost jobs last month, up from 29 in July, with the biggest net payroll cuts coming in Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio. The Labor Department also reported Friday that 27 states saw their unemployment rates increase in August, and 14 states and Washington D.C., reported unemployment rates of 10 percent or above. The report shows jobs remain scarce even as most analysts believe the economy is pulling out of the worst recession since the 1930s. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said earlier this week that the recovery isn't likely to be rapid enough to reduce unemployment for some time. The jobless rate nationwide is expected to peak above 10 percent next year, from its current 9.7 percent. Wolfgang is right Lavon go ask your employer for a pay increase today them him Omam's recession is over Ben said so.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    One of Obama's propaganda ministors. Ben Bernanke said the worst recession since the 1930's has "very likely" come to an end? I wonder if Ben can get a job as a stand up comedian on the new Jay Leno show add Barry, What an act it could be Ben & Barry comedy show. They could be better act then Abbott & Costello? -- According to Bloomberg the Fed Chairman, while speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, also warned that growth will likely be weak for some time as the nation deals with a high unemployment rate. Obama told us Americans unemploymernt will never go higher then 8% as long as he is president, Another Obama lie. Go ask your boss for a pay increase today. Tell him or her the recession is over. Obama's main man Ben said so. I want more money now Boss the recession is over.
  • by PUREBREAD on Sep 18, 2009 at 11:58 AM
    Hey Levon Obahma had nothing to do with the SPIRIT building.Construction of that site started in october under the bush addministration.I know I helped break ground moving the sand and dirt around for the foundation of the buildings.Obama had nothing to do with the other either.These are Bushs Buildings.So put that in your pipe and smoke it because it sounds like your smoking some of that opium over in AFGHANISTAN THAT OBAMA IS TRYING TO PROTECT AND WASH IT DOWN WITH SOME OF THAT KOOL-ADE. I got laid off 5 weeks after Obama took office never been laid off before and I'm 44.That dont tell you anything does it.What an OBONGITE!
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