Positive Economic Indicators In Pitt County

By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor
By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor

In Pitt County, fewer people are claiming unemployment benefits, and East Carolina University says another good economic sign is more employers taking part in its job fair this year.

The ECU Career Center is holding a job fair Tuesday and says more than 160 employers will participate- 2 dozen more than last year.

As the U.S. Department of Labor reports a four year low in unemployment benefits, the Pitt County Employment Security Commission says there are 400 fewer people receiving unemployment benefits, than this time four years ago .

"We've seen an actual increase in the number of job openings being listed with us so that's a good sign, but it's not massive numbers, but it's probably more, so one or two position at a time, so it is a gradual increase."said Danny Alston with the Pitt County Employment Security Commission.

ECU's job fair is Tuesday February 21st at the Greenville Convention Center from 10am to 2pm and is open to students and graduates.


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  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Feb 17, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    There is no doubt that things are still bad, but we have had 23 months of job growth now. You can't just keep giving money to the wealthy and hope they'll dribble on everybody else once in a while. We've tried that. It doesn't work. They have had a ten year tax break, adding to the the nations deficit, and it has done NOTHING! We need to build this country from the bottom up, not the top down. Like Mitt Romney, the wealthy are investing their money elsewhere and hiding what they make here in offshore accounts or other places where they don't have to pay taxes. Lets get money to the working people who HAVE to spend it on food and rent and mortgages and all the things the rich don't even concern themselves about.
  • by Mr. America Location: downeast on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Lies all Lies,the job market,the economy all will be doing so much better before November.The right-wing Obama media will tell any lie to try and sway the peoples vote.The economic indicators don't include food or gas prices,what do people spend most of their money on.You can put lip stick on a pig but it's still a pig,point being all the lies told don't put any more money in the peoples pocket,lies won't put a stop on all the home foreclosures,lies won't change the fact that there are more people on government assistance than ever in history of our great country.So continue to try and spin it anyway you want,but facts always have a way of coming out.Nuff said.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    Great, then we aren't going to hear about more cuts to the Public School system again this year?
  • by john Location: greenville on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    what about the millions of unemployed people who have lost there benefits and not counted but are still unemlpoyed as all agree if you count these people the real rate is 15%
  • by Bob on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    Fewer people are claiming unemployment because they're all robbing people instead to get money.
  • by Pittcountync on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    Yea. The economy is so good that Pitt county county manager recently gave himself a raise over $20,000.00 and at the same time the county is talking about cutting employees salaries or either laying off up to 122 positions
  • by saywha? Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    These are you cons, ladies and gentleman........complaining about things not getting better (even when by all economic indicators things are slowly but surely getting better) yet intensely hoping things don't get better so that Obama loses this coming November. How patriotic of them to want those looking for work to continue to suffer so that they can make political points.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM
    A good job report at the national level too. Good economic news again! What Repugnants call spin. lol. It's sad that people in this country are hoping things go down hill for the majority of people just so they can remove one man they hate, the president, from office.
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      by Party of Jerks on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:20 AM in reply to Barlow
      The Republicans would rather sink the whole ship, just to drown the Captain. Should be charged with Treason.
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      by Karen on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:25 AM in reply to Barlow
      It's great news. Claims continue to look better every week, every month, the headline is great news for the country, but we still have the 30 percentile that wants Obama and the country to fail, just so they can regain power in the White house. Throw everybody under the bus, for their party.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to Barlow
      Barlow, even terd polish won't make you spin work, Obama is king of the unemployed with a record Jimmy Carter is proud of; In January, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs fell to 7.3 million. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.5 million and accounted for 42.9 percent of the unemployed.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to
        Now Snake man, tell us who started all this?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:49 AM
    "We've seen an actual increase in the number of job openings being listed with us so that's a good sign, but it's not massive numbers, but it's probably more, so one or two position at a time, so it is a gradual increase." (Why do the same ones on this site always make negative comments?) The story clearly states that jobs are on the increase, plain and simple.
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      by LOL on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:17 AM in reply to
      Read the spin put on what you quoted and then tell me why so many are pessimistic. But you appear to be a good Obama follower, good luck with that, he has proven to be a failure at leadership and will be a one term president I assure you!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:59 AM in reply to
      "Fewer people are claiming unemployment benefits". Ever consider that some are no longer qualified? Nope, instead you want for the spin. And yeah, Bojangles is hiring.....
      • reply
        by Dark Horse on Feb 17, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        OSOC, you should head right on over to Bojangles and start work.
        • reply
          by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 08:50 AM in reply to Dark Horse
          He has time post 24 hrs a day 7 days a week and still maintain a full time job....wow! Must be on Welfare.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM in reply to Dark Horse
          Oh, no, don't need it, Obama subsidizes my company to put snake oil in your koolaid...I have plenty of time to respond to the kids that post libterdial lack of knowledge...infact, I feel guilty sometimes since some get angry since they cannot defend Obamas failures. Well, I feel guilty cause I know its hard, he left so many failures, hard for them to pick an angle to defend. Sounds like you must have just lost your job at Bo's...tell us what was you position and I will let some of the democrats in my office know its open....
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        by Ha Ha Ha on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:18 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        It's getting better every week' U.S. economy handed another jobs boost as unemployment falls to FOUR-YEAR LOW, Initial claims for state unemployment benefits down 15,000 to 358,000, Four-week moving average falls 11,000 to 366,250; lowest since April '08, Two straight months of job gains above 200,000; jobless rate at 8.3%, All three Wall Street markets open up strongly but close roughly level.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:56 AM in reply to Ha Ha Ha
          Election year figures just for you, sucker!
  • by citizen Location: greenville on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:40 AM
    Thats good to hear....of course a vast majority of the local population is indigent and collecting welfare so they dont need or want a job.
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