The counties of North Carolina continue to heal; we’re lowering our unemployment and getting folks back to work:
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates decreased in 73 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in April. Rates increased
in 10 counties and remained the same in 17.
The good news is that this decrease in the rate is being brought about by adding jobs, not simply reducing the unemployed:
The number of workers employed (not-seasonally adjusted) increased in April by 6,751 to 4,046,255. The number of people unemployed decreased by 10,036. The number of unemployed people in April was 424,502 workers, compared with 434,538 in March.
I hope that the North Carolina congress holds firm on with holding continued unemployment benefits to our state’s unemployed. We have long since passed the appropriate amount of time that those assistance dollars are required to transition to a new job. It’s been nearly two years; two years to find a job.
The weekly benefit of those checks is nearly $300.00 a week, certainly not very much. However, workers have adjusted to that amount by this time and taking a job that pays even $10.00 represents a 33% raise in wages. Not an insignificant amount.
I hope that North Carolina can continue to lower her tax rates, keep the sales tax at a reasonable rate and bring business into the state. It’s a good thing to see our unemployment rate fall, but there is much work to be done.