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State Jobless Rate Dips, But Has Mixed Reviews

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North Carolina’s unemployment rate edged downward in September.  But some still call the latest jobless report “mixed.”

The state’s jobless rate sits at 6.7 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the month before.

Mike Walden is an Economist at NC State.  Each month two separate surveys are taken – a Household survey and a Business Payroll survey.  Walden follows the payroll survey, with a larger sample size.

“So my view is that the job market in North Carolina in September was very robust," said Walden.

North Carolina added 16,700 jobs over the month, 109,000 jobs since this time last year.

John Quinterno is Principal at South by North Strategies in Chapel Hill.

“Some people would look at it as a positive," said Quinterno.  "But if you think about it, it’s taken almost six and three-quarters years to get back to the same payroll employment level we had in North Carolina as when the recession started.”

The state Commerce Department reports Professional and Business Services added the largest number of jobs over the year.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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