North Carolina’s August employment figures released

The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.2 percent. North Carolina’s August 2021 unemployment rate decreased 2.5 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,609 over the…

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Wilmington MSA sees 0.9% increase job growth in June 2021

Raleigh, N.C. – The Wilmington MSA saw a 0.9% increase in job growth during June, the second highest state wide, while unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in one, which was Dare County. The unemployment percentage during June was 4.4% in New Hanover County, 6.0% in…

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North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released 

The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.9 percent. North Carolina’s June 2021 unemployment rate decreased 4.2 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 12,600 over the…

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House votes to cut off expanded $300-a-week unemployment benefits

by David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The state House has voted to make North Carolina the 26th state to withdraw from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which provides an extra $300-a-week in jobless benefits to the unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 116 passed in a largely party-line 71-36 vote on…

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N.C. Senate passes $1,500 bonus to get unemployed back into workforce

By David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Unemployed people who get a job would receive a one-time bonus of $1,500 under legislation spearheaded by Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly. “We’ve got to get our folks back to work,” said Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, a Republican, at a press conference on Tuesday, June 1. “We…

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OPINION: Unemployment News Isn’t So Rosy

by John Hood RALEIGH — The latest estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show about 251,000 North Carolinians unemployed as of April, down about 58,000 since the beginning of 2021. Alas, the news about our labor market isn’t as good as you might think. Of those 58,000 fewer unemployed North Carolinians, some 31,000 actually…

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OPINION: Enforce Rules to Ease Labor Shortage

by John Hood   RALEIGH — President Joe Biden wants you to believe that there is no relationship between the extra $300 a week many are receiving in enhanced unemployment-insurance benefits and the shortage of workers now manifest in stores, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses here in North Carolina and across the country. But doesn’t…

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

Raleigh, N.C. – The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, decreasing 0.5 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 6.0 percent. North Carolina’s March 2021 unemployment rate increased 1.3 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 11,338…

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North Carolina’s January Employment Figures Released

Raleigh, N.C. – The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, declining 0.2 points from December’s revised rate. The national rate declined 0.4 points to 6.3 percent. North Carolina’s January 2021 unemployment rate increased 2.4 percentage points from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 9,882 over the month to 4,741,046 and…

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